Botswana, Namibia


Another expedition to the Southern parts of Africa is planned for the end of 2018. On the one hand we can benefit from contacts at the highest level in Botswana. On the other hand parts of Northern Namibia still need to be explored. In detail we are interested in the dry areas of Central Botswana (Kalahari, Makgadikgadi and Ntwetwe Saltpans and the adjoining "veld"). In Namibia we plan to explore Ovambo- and Hereroland, the northern Skeleton Coast bordering on the Namib Desert and Angola as well as the Etosha Pan.

England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


 

Even 50 days of intensive photography in 2011 and 2012 still leave room for numerous highly interesting landscapes that need to be explored. In Great Britain namely Scotland up to the Hebrides, and again Northern Wales and parts of Western Ireland.

Southern Europe


 

2019 the emphasis will be on Southern Europe especially in Southern Italy including the islands: planned for 2019.

Camino de Santiago (Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela)


 

If the names day of the apostle James, 25 July, is on a Sunday - as was the case in 2010 - then the Catholic Church celebrates a holy year. We could thus anticipate an increase in numbers of pilgrims on the whole way but unfortunately, though we envisaged to participate in this special year, we were unable to take part.


Anyway, the special celebrations taking place during the annual names day of the apostle James at his grave in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela are always a highlight. Namely the swinging of the silver censer is a very special main feature of the holy communion especially as the Bottafumeo in this cathedral  weighs 45 kg.


Many books have been written on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - partly by famous authors usually focusing on the ordeal of the hike but also on the spiritual experiences of the pilgrims. Our concept is slightly different: we intend to start at Lourdes, cross the Pyrenees passing St.-Jean-Pied-de Port to Pamplona, Burgos and León up to Santiago de Compostela and from there to the "end of the world", the Cabo Fisterra, capturing our impressions and feelings with the lenses of our cameras.


The fascination of this ancient and most important paths for Christian pilgrims should be reflected in all its facets in expressive images, depicting the landscape, villages and towns as well as pilgrims on their exhausting way, their personal fate and motivation to do this pilgrimage.


We also intend to look into questions like how where people and settlements influenced along the Camino de Santiago in the course of the centuries by these very special circumstances.


Has the religious and spiritual influence and importance of the ancient fortresses, castles and churches lining St. James' way survived until today? Is faith and the Christian importance of this pilgrimage still alive and of relevance for the pilgrims and the inhabitants in Burgos, León, in Santiago de Compostela and the smaller villages along the Camino de Santiago?


Funding the next project "Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela" in the holy year 2021 as sponsor is still possible.

Photo publishing

 

The development of an exclusive photo publishing department is well underway. Further details can be seen in "STUDIO-WIEN edition".