Growing up with a big woodland behind his home, Kilian Schoenberger has always been interested in mysterious landscapes and their secret places. The German photographer has now utilized the moody landscape and old stories of his childhood homeland to create a series of photographic illustrations inspired by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Shot in remote rural areas of Middle Europe, Brothers Grimm’s Homeland is dominated by images of haunting fog, gnarled trees and dark homes you hope are abandoned. Schoenberger’s photographs evoke the eerie feeling of the quiet before the fright, when every nerve is on edge waiting for the snap of a twig to echo through the trees.
His exemplary work as a photographer is made even more impressive by the fact that he is colorblind. Before he prints any of his photographs, he normally has a colleague check the colors of an image, because “colors are always a gambling game for me.” In his forest photography, he sees this obstacle as an advantage. He explains, “I don’t have to separate singular colors visually and can totally concentrate on the structure for a convincing image composition.”