When the weather isn’t good for skiing, it’s still good for photography. It’s snowing down in the village and visibility is, well, limited. So I dress warmly, take my hiking boots and strap on my photo backpack. On the winter hiking trails around Brigels, the path first leads me to the lift on this foggy day in early February. From the Crest Falla mountain station I follow the hiking trail through the fog. In the sunny days before I had noticed numerous interesting looking wooden buildings, barns and “spychers”. Well, in the mystical haze, they appear to me as I previously imagined. So I begin my series, inspired by the idea of serial photography by Bernd and Hilla Becher (founders of the Düsseldorf photo school), in the foggy winter landscape.
The unbelievable density of wooden stables, wooden sheds and hay barns is very productive. The fog helps isolate the buildings in the landscape. I enjoy the peace and solitude in this snowy foggy landscape. No one seems to be about, the falling snow extinguishes every sound.
Although the individual buildings appear to be partly identical, there are strange peculiarities, additions, colors, shapes and materials everywhere. In this way, each building reveals its own identity, which together form the character that characterizes the landscape and makes it unique.
We have worked out hard this anonymous architecture.Hilla Becher
Object by object,
until we understood
the incredible diversity of this subject.