Forest Photography: Haunting and Enchanting Captures of Kilian Schoenberg
Do you know that moment when you feel like at any given time, a wail from the forest shall echo all over the place? Kilian Schoenberger’s forest photography in his series “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” gives me this eerie feeling as if I’m listening to dark ambient music.
Each capture tells a story of misty dusks alone in the woods, being in places where solitude brings some goosebumps. The photographer admitted that he is color-blind but it has never stopped him from pursuing his passion, photography. Before printing his photos out, he asks a colleague to help him.
“Colors are always a gambling game for me.”
Despite being color-blind, I feel that he communicates through his photography in his own mighty right.
Now, take a little journey through his frozen moments of mystery, enchantment and beauty.
Foggy times and naked trees… what can you feel? Most of these photos are shot from remote rural areas of Middle Europe and this one features a solitary tiny image amongst the fog and trees. It’s as if the person’s living with ghosts.
His shots that feature places like this make me feel a bit terrified. I am fully aware that they are just some places I wish were really abandoned (but in reality, they’re not). This photo feels like that night ago was full of terror.
And in the deepest portion of the wilderness, there are creatures that breathe. Treetops and a far away abandoned castle. This image tells tales of the forgotten past. Haunting the present.
This picture is like someplace you wake up to when you are trapped in a world of a small nightmare.
The photographer uses fog as one of his strongest asset in this series. The mystery lies in between the silhouettes and subtle curves of the captures. This shot appeals to me as something solitary, like treading in a world where no one can hear no matter how hard you scream.
The woods give answers to wanderers, explorers and castaways. His forest photography gives this kind of visual chills that paints a picture of being lost and not being found again.
This is a deeply touching photo brimming over with melancholic beauty. Like an endless path where you walk feeling like an empty space. Your bones and skin do not matter.
Then from a spot out there, somewhere not found in the maps, there are secrets tucked among the trees and the dew. The wilderness is captured here with such mystifying gravity. Something that can pull you in and you can never say no. You just set your toes free, spread your arms wide. And, let go.
Kilian Schoenberg does a marvelous job in letting us experience the many deep and different human emotions that is opposite to joyous laughter and rapid runs. He takes us to that corner of our vulnerability where we also shiver, fear and empty.
When was the last time you have found yourself alone in the woods?