Christoph Fischer is one of the best examples of how a landscape photographer should connect to nature, exploring the immense possibilities of planet Earth, discovering and respecting places where humans are still a minority, and where silence is the common soundtrack.
Moving from America to Africa and Greenland, he shows us a world made of colors and emotions. His photos are full of positive energy and full of wide emotions.
Visit his website beautysurroundsyou.com and his Instagram account www.instagram.com/christophfischerphoto to admire his beautiful photos.
You are one of the most innovative landscape photographers on the scene. How did you decide to start this career?
Thank you very much for your very kind words, I appreciate them greatly! I am one of those photographers who changed their career to follow their passion. I trained as a scientist and worked at Washington State University in the United States, located in the middle of the beautiful Palouse area, which rightly is called America's answer to Tuscany. I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, a huge city, where it can take more than one hour to reach relatively untouched natural environments. When I arrived in the Palouse, I found myself surrounded by natural beauty. It took me only 15 minutes to find myself in the middle of Idaho's beautiful forests, and even less to go on a drive through the Palouse's gently undulating wheat fields. I always loved nature, but it was in the Palouse that I realized how deep that love was. Nature affects me not only through its visual beauty; for me nature is a spiritual experience, it is where I feel a deep inner peace. I always had an urge to capture beautiful scenery, since I was a child, with my first point and shoot camera. In the Palouse I began to look more seriously at photography, and it was there that I decided to pursue the path to become a professional photographer. I moved to Canada, where I continued to work as a scientist in the private sector, and I spent all my free time learning and improving my photography. It took me a long time, but 6 years after I purchased my first DSLR, I went professional.
How much do you travel in your job?
I am away from home for about 5 months a year, during which time I run my international and Canadian photography workshops.
We read that you keep a lot of workshops. How do you structure a workshop?
My workshops are all about providing my participants with the most effective learning and enriching travel experience possible. I keep my workshop groups small, so that I can give everyone as much personal attention as possible. It is all about engaging with the participant, so that they know I am there for them, and they never have to have feel uncomfortable approaching me. At the same time, it is also important to give space, if that is what the participant prefers. I also am fully involved in all aspects of the logistics of the workshops, to ensure that everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Finally, I do not offer workshops in locations I am not passionate and excited about. If you are not passionate about the location you take your participants to, it will show, and it will greatly detract from their experience. I love providing my participants with truly memorable, meaningful experiences, and I always am very excited to explore with them the locations we visit.
Which photographer influenced you the most?
There are many fantastic photographers who influenced me, but the photographers who come to mind for their unique creative vision are Sandra Bartocha (https://www.bartocha-photography.com, Bruce Percy (https://www.brucepercy.co.uk), and Richard Martin (http://www.richardmartinphoto.com) . I want to emphasize that there are many truly great photographers, so these 3 photographers are by no means my only inspiration.
As a photographer, I think that there are moments when shooting photos fill us with incredible energy. Which of your photos gave you more adrenaline?
There have been so many occasions where I have been blown away by the beauty I witnessed. If I had to choose some highlights, one of them was in Argentinian Patagonia, when the Fitz Roy Mountain range, initially hidden behind a wall of clouds, suddenly emerged from the clouds as the famous Patagonian winds picked up. It was truly breathtaking, and it happened so quickly!