German photographer Kilian Schnberger transports viewers to magical, mysterious worlds through his fairytale-inspired series Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings. A sequel to his previous series Brothers Grimm’s Homeland, this collection of atmospheric photographs shot throughout Central Europe evokes the quiet mood of those old stories. Looking at the haunting images, one can almost imagine a cloaked traveler journeying through fog-filled valleys, deep woods, and remote castles in a quest marked by enchantment and danger.
Schnberger, who is colorblind, chooses to focus on shapes, patterns, and form when framing a composition. To him, the structure of the image is most important, resulting in striking visual arrangements like the perfect symmetry of an arched bridge and its reflection, or a dainty cottage flanked by two trees.
“I think there is a deep longing for tranquil naturalness among people in our techonology-driven environment,” Schnberger says. “Therefore I don’t want to show just potrayals of natural scenes–I want to create visually accessible places where the visitor can virtually put his mind at rest and make up his own stories. Possibly this is the real benefit of my work: Resting places for the eyes in an visually overstimulated world.”