The first destination of our photo shoot tour through Germany is the Black Forest. For more than a year, a few concrete picture ideas have matured in my head that I have to implement. Yes, have to! The term TIME has gained a new aspect for me and in my imagination, I can already see the finished work in large format on the wall.
What strikes me in contrast to my previous photo trips is the totally decelerated way of being out and about with our Carado. The unfamiliar dimensions alone slow me down a little at the beginning. But otherwise, I have no desire to hunt around. And it is not necessary either. When I am out and about in my car to take pictures, one rushes. I usually stop working sooner than it would be good. On the other hand, the main advantage of having your “house” with you and simply not having a long way home is a dream.
It is already late, and we are on our way to the city to stay overnight when I am driving down a rather steep mountain in the rain somewhere in the middle of the Black Forest. From afar I can see in the twilight that there seems to be a waterfall back there. As we get closer, there is even a parking space in front of the waterfall. I park the car in the parking lot, pack my camera, tripod and plastic bags, wrap myself in my raincoat and look for a good angle. I am experimenting at the waterfall until well into the night. Despite the rain, I take a very elaborate picture of a huge panorama shot in mega format. It will later easily be able to be enlarged to a length of 12 meters. I've often taken long exposures at night, but there was always the pressure of having to go home at some point. It's different with the mobile home next door. I am absolutely focused and calm inside. I know my family is probably cooking right now, the kids are having fun, playing games and all is well. So, I work late into the night. The folding blinds at the front, directly on the windshield, does not allow even the smallest amount of light to escape. And so, when I return I don't even know whether the family has already retired. But when I open the door and shake off my wet clothes, I am greeted with a big hello, as if I had been gone for days. Because somehow the children didn't want to sleep yet. I find that interesting, these emotions, the calm, the closeness and the opportunity to work with the family. Somehow, it's a kind of home office.