Nature Photography as Art
The photographer Markus Bollen has always been fascinated by the diversity of forms and the harmony in nature. His pictures emit peace and strength, otherwise only to be found in nature itself.
In the nature, he discovers wonderful harmony. With his large format camera, he captures details e.g. like the bark of a tree. When you look at these pictures in large, they seem to be aerial photographs of mountain landscapes, carved by steep canyons.
Lichen and moss on a tree trunk seem like a waterfall, coming down the bark.
Markus Bollen finds the inconspicuous and shows its importance. What is mostly overlooked by many people, is presented in large formats by him.
The observer of his art positively breathes in the peace of nature and finds a inner peace himself.
He took pictures of Bamboo and its details all around the world. There is a special version of a large format print of Bamboo Hawai’i, which sends out the sounds of the forest itself. You can hear the sounds of leaves rustling in the wind, a rippling creek and the sounds of many different birds in exactly the depicted forest.
Slipping remains of snow caused by wind in the bamboo leaves created many unwanted blurs on many pictures when „Letzter Schnee“ was made. Every time the frame on the ground glass was sharp, the leaves would move into another position, while the ground glass was changed for the film magazine.
Flowers amaze the photographer Markus Bollen with their delicate structures and their fine lines in every petal. Markus Bollen captured the magnolia after the bush had thrown off the leaves.
He creates a wonderful image symbolizing abundance, growth and death in nature.
Even these beautiful petals, which could never be made by the hand of mankind, are thrown to the ground after a short period of prime. They rot and become fresh soil. A symbol of transience, but of beauty as well.
For his series „Fallow Lands“ the photographer finds a rich variety of flowers and grasses in places that are not used by agriculture. For some pictures he lets wind and a long shutter speed work together to capture the momentum of time.
Blackbrook is a series, which originated after a two-week-long meditation in a trappist-monastery at a lake in England.
Algae and seeds moving constantly on the lake’s surface. Markus Bollen usually controls his frames up into the very corners of his ground glass. With millimeter precision he decides which leaf is still to be seen on the edge of the picture.
However with this series he had to give up this last bit of control, as the subject kept moving continuously while he changed the ground glass for the film magazine.
The reflexions of the surrounding trees and the clouds above in the sky, together with the structures of the floating seeds and leaves made almost abstract representations of nature.
The Coco de Mer palmtrees captured on the Seychelles create - in combination with the black and white photographs - the feeling of being inside a great hall supported by large columns; just like architectural photography.
All these photographs are made with an analogue large format camera, mostly with a panoramic camera by the manufacturer Gilde.