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Photographer 写真家

Born 1990, grown up in the Austrian Alps surrounded by lakes and glaciers (picture to the right). This may help explaining an ongoing personal fascination for landscapes from a wide-angle, tracing seasonal colours, reflections, and landscape architecture around the world.

2007-2008: High school exchange to Tochigi pref., Japan

2010-2014: University of Vienna, Korean Studies and Japanese Studies

2012-2013: Undergraduate year abroad in Kyōto, Japan

2015-Present: Grad school at Kyoto University, Japan.

How I approach landscape photography in Japan?

Which aspects do ordinary people take undisputed as "traditions" and why?

A keyword that I think about again and again is that of "good weather." What's good weather? What's bad weather? Sunshine can make shooting a Japanese garden impossible, Rain, on the other hand, provides almost endless opportunities.

How do hegemonic concepts of "beauty" influence photographers in the age of social media?

I am not trying to depict the obvious "beauty" of a place. Living in Kyōto allows me to enjoy the luxury of being able to stroll around the city and its many temples and gardens as I please. This enables me to visit and shoot with a full mindset and some background information, looking beyond famous angles (定番) to find an angle that is an expression of the colours and mood that I was seeing and experiencing on that particular day of shooting. This is a constant process of re-discovery, of trial and error. And this is what makes photographing Kyōto such a rewarding motive.

How is the landscape architecture and the festivals we see "traditional"?

As a scholar with an education background in Japanese studies, influenced by my Profs. from Vienna and Kyōto, I started delving more into the history of the spaces I visit. Not reproducing the often nationalist, official history and myths that one finds in temple's and shrine's pamphlets, boards and websites, but a non-nationalist art and religious history inquiring more subjectively into where landscape designers, painters, craftsman and others got their inspriations from, and how notions of space and beauty changed over the course of the centuries. Not everything "traditional" we see dates back centuries. Rather, most traditions underwent a continous cycle of re-invention.

I consider myself an "amateur" photographer.

Considering that the word's etymology derives from the Latin word "amare", meaning "to love", I do not aim to become a "professional" who works for money, but rather persue photos as an enjoyable counterweight to my profession, which is largely desk- and archive-based scholarly research.

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2010-2014年、ウィーン大学 東アジア研究所 日本学・韓国学専攻


2015-現在  、京都の大学大学院文学研究科 現代史専修

















My Gear


Body: Nikon D780 (since 2021), Nikon D750 (2016-21), Nikon D7100 (2014-16), Nikon D7000 (2012-14), Nikon D40 (2007-12).

Lenses: mainly Nikkor 20mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 VR, 70-200mm f/4, 85mm f/1.8; from time to time 35mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4.

              newest addition: Nikkor 14-24mm f/1.8, Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4, switch to 24-70mm VR

Filters: LEE Filters 100 (Grad ND soft 0.3; 0.6; 0.9; and medium 0.6) + LEE 100 C-PL; various C-PL filters during Momiji season

Tripod: when possible, I use it, but mostly forbidden in temples/shrines around Kyoto.

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