Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Killian Schonberger-Brothers Grimm Photography

For some gorgeous photography inspired by fairy tales, be sure to check out Borthers Grimm's Wanderings, a series by Killian Schonberger!

Artist's description:
"Brothers Grimm's Wanderings is the second part of a photo project that started with Brothers Grimm's Homeland. The photos are inspired by the old fairytales written by the Brothers Grimm. Therefore I'm searching places throughout Central Europe that echo the mood of those old stories. I think there is a deep longing for tranquil naturalness among people in our techonology-driven environment. Therefore I don't want to show just potrayals of natural scenes - I want to create visually accessible places where the visitor can virtually put his mind at rest and make up his own stories. Possibly this is the real benefit of my work: Resting places for the eyes in an visually overstimulated world."

I think it's true that the more technologically driven our world becomes, the more we long for and romanticize nature, which partly explains why fairy tales are particularly trendy right now. I like how Schonberger interprets fairy tales as needing to be accessible as well as magical; they appeal to us on a personal level.

And here is his first series, Brothers Grimm Homeland. All of these were also taken in central Europe.

And with the same type of feel and inspiration, fans of this will also be interested in his Dark Forest series. Description: 
"Back into the light.  Where Hansel and Gretel lost their way.
Wanderings through the remote forests along the former Iron Curtain in Central Europe."

I love these. Forests are very important, symbolically, in fairy tales. They are where the heroes and heroines go off on their own, entering into adventure and danger; they can represent our subconscious and entering into a new phase of independence. While these photos portray the forest as ominous, the light breaking through is a ray of hope, reminding us that there is an end and a way out of our own dark forests.

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