Martin KrajczyNationality: Germany
Seeing the magic" stands for the philosophy which the landscape photographer Martin Krajczy uses as a guideline for his FINE ART work. His FINE ART photographies are characterized by a well-directed deduction of colors and structures.
This leads to a clear line management within each single FINE ART photography. Thus the outcome of this artistic style are FINE ART products which are a source of silence for each single owner or viewer of them. The specific use of long exposure times, panorama shoting and depth of field shows magical moments of the nature in a way which is sometimes not visible for the human eyes.
A very personal written interpretation of each snapshot of the nature makes it special and very unique. One very important goal of Martin Krajczy is that his FINE ART work convey to the viewer or buyer the mood of the unique and magic moments nature daily offers. The FINE ART photographies are a result of intensive photo trips in Europe and Africa (mainly Iceland, Namibia and Germany).
The vastness of the Namib desert or the highland of Iceland are his preferred places to find the inner silence for his work. To observe the endangered desert lions and desert elephants in the Namib desert is another experience he doesn´t want to miss anymore. Misty conditions, the early hours and the last hours of a day offer the perfect scenario to experiment with long exposure times and to create photographies with harmonious lightning.
In 2002 the digital photography really boost his work as it offered the desired funds to create authentic natural photographies by his own - from the shot to the final FINE ART print without having a photography labor. His former study in computer science helped him to learn and adopt the new technique very fast to enhance his artistic work. Thus he was able to develop his own style, he is known for in these days and which was the basis for his international photography awards in the last few years.
Roughly 10 years ago he launched his first webpage, to be able to show his work to a broader public.
Since that time the webpage, and the portfolio are evolving. Phototography turned from a hobby stage into a sideline. Just visit his website regularly to see this development following his motto: "Seeing the magic".
1. WICH IS THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN YOUR LIFE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
How & when do I get the best conditions possible to capture the uniqueness of mother nature in the way I want to interpret it.
2. WHO ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS / OR OTHER ARTISTS THAT INSPIRE YOU?
It is not the work of one or two photographers which inspires me. It is the work of so many photographers, sometimes well-known sometimes not known at all. Every photographer who has an own style inspires me as you always learn something out of it. I have of course a book from Ansel Adams. For me a godfather of the landscape photography.
3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
The passion to capture unique moments in one’s own style and to follow his own way and not the way of others.
4. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
To capture unique moments of mother nature motivates me all the time while being out in the field. Nearly nothing can stop me in such situations. There are no demotivating factors for me with regard to photography. But there are of course things that are a challenge.
5. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
The most passionate moments in my work are the moments out in the field when my vision fits with the reality.
6. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK?
One major challenge is the digital presentation of photography in the internet and other digital media, as the quality of real fine art work can only be judged on a printed fine art photo in my opinion. Just compare the same photo on different monitors or other digital devices. On the other hand the digital revolution was a breakthrough for my work as it offered all tools for me to create my style of fine art photos - from the shot to the final print.
7. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY?
It all started with my first analog SLR camera from Nikon which I bought in used condition and some books from National Geographic with photos, stories and tips from Bruce Dale or Jim Blair. With the digital age my photography got a real boost. I was controlling the whole development process by my own - the basis to develop an individual style. I did attend workshops to learn the basics of the technique and read many books about RAW development. With the sharing of photos across the internet I got a lot of inspiration from many different photographers. Combined with my own efforts and experiments I developed my own style within the next few years. My personal development process did influence my art of nature interpretation as well. The approach of reduction within my work comes from the inspiration I got from Thai Chi, QiGong and meditation which I am still learning from a shaolin monk.
8. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A "NOVICE"? Be open to learn from others, study the work of others, get a good understanding of how to use the tech-nique and based on your personality develop your own style and follow your own way.
9. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK? The world around us is loud, full of power and always forcing us to move faster and to never stop moving. But we all need phases of silence there we can find inner silence and recharge our batteries. The driving force in my life is to reserve time for these phases of silence to actively work on my own personal development and to be in the driver seat of my own life. As a result of this my work is aimed to help the viewers and owners of my work to find a moment of silence while looking at my fine art work. Through reduction of structures, colors and a clear line management I try to achieve this goal with my art of photography.
10. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
Difficult to describe as it depends on the atmosphere and the environment. The feelings can be totally different. In a perfect scenario I have time, I am not in a hurry because the conditions are changing fast and I am on my own or with one or two other people around. In such a scenario I can find inner silence and I am thankful to be able to experience this moment at this point of time out in the nature.
11. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
For me my work is successful if it generates a feeling of silence while I am looking at it. From a technical point of view I do not accept anything that does not fulfill my requirements for a technical perfect fine art work. Both criteria have to be fulfilled for a perfect fine art work from myself.
12. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
Mother nature offers every single day unique moments in time. If i can help with my work that more people really see this and experience this I am more than happy. Then these people will have more re-spect for the beauty of our nature and thus have an interest that this beauty will not be destroyed.
13. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
Tough question as there are so many things running out of order in these days. But the core message would be "Be the change you want to see in the world" (original quote from Gandhi). Take your time to find your own way in this world and live in line with the values that are important for you while showing full respect for each single individual of each species on this planet. Do never forget that your words and your behavior have an influence on others so use it wisely.
»The most passionate moments in my work are the moments out in the field when my vision fits with the reality.«
- 2016 | Fine Art Photography awards - 3rd place in category panoramic
(Series „Mystic light in the woods)
- 2016 | Fine Art Photography awards - Nominee in category panoramic
- 2016 | Fine Art Photography awards - Nominiee in category Landscape
- 2016 | Fine Art Photography awards - Nominee in category Landscape
(Series „Differnet sides of the Namib desert“)
- 2016 | Fine Art Photography awards - Nominee in category wildlife
(Series „Endangered giants of the Namib desert“)
- 2016 | Glanzlicher - Final Round in category Maginificent wilderness
- 2015 | The Epson international pano awards - Silver Award in open
- 2015 | The Epson international pano awards - Top 10 Jeff Mitchum Award
- 2015 | The Epson international pano awards - Bronze Awards in open
- 2015 | The international Landscape photographer of the year - Top 101
(with two photographies)
- 2014 | The Epson international pano awards - Bronze Awards
(4 times with four photographies)
- 2014 | The international Landscape photographer of the year - Top 101
- 2013 | The Epson international pano awards - Bronze Award
(3 times with there photographies)
Project: Once upon a time…
The project „ Once upon a time…“ has become a true affair of the heart for me. The basic idea was to create a photo album with some of the species that we might lose in a short period of time. The viewer would go through these pictures with an idea like: ‘Once upon a time… we had elephants wandering through the huge African planes…’ Like a grandfather with his grandchildren sitting around and telling them about animals they have never seen alive. Therefore I reduced colors and made the images look faded. This project has been created to raise the level of awareness for all endangered species on earth. As a photographer, I feel responsible to a certain extend.
I have been travelling to one of the oldest deserts of the world on a regular basis for many years. In the Namib Desert I focus on tracing the Namib elephants and the Namib lions. Sometimes we might be following their traces for many days, waiting for the enchanting moment when one of these magical and highly endangered creatures shows up somewhere behind a dune, rock or bush in a predominantly hostile landscape. The lions as well as the elephants have adapted themselves to the peculiar conditions of this landscape and represent a special subcategory in their respective species. Only a few lions and elephants are left because human beings are advancing further and further into their natural habitats. Therefore Human impact (Human/Wildlife conflicts) on nature is one of the main reasons for the drop in their numbers. Every trip and encounter is a very special one, as you know for sure that it might be the first or the last one. The magic evolving from such moments of intensity and the fragile beauty of nature are reflected by the specific artistic style and the effects used in the editing process of the photographs. Some of the lions in my photographs belonged to the famous “Five Musketeers” of the Namib. Their popularity is based on a documentary called “The vanishing kings of the Namib desert”. In the meantime the title of the film has become reality as all five male lions were killed in human/wildlife conflicts roughly a year after my last sighting of them. The aim of this project is to spread awareness on the need of treating Mother Nature respectfully and help people understand its fragile uniqueness in a special way.