As wintry weather lingers on, German photographer Kilian Schönberger captures the final days of the cold season with his landscape photography series, Winter’s Tale. Shot in the snowy mountain ranges of Germany and central Europe, the images depict the magical quality of the fog-filled, frozen forests. He sets the scene for his enchanting series, describing Winter as “the time when tales and legends were told at home, the whole family sitting around the tiled stove. The mystic figures are just waiting in front of the doorstep, snow and frost seem to make trees alive.”
Even though he’s color blind, Schönberger uses this “so-called disadvantage” as a strength to develop this own style. While he can’t clearly distinguish between woodland hues of green and brown, the talented photographer instead focuses on texture and form. Schönberger describes the winter forest as “more like an ink painting,” where the trees, branches, and icy rocks draw intriguing patterns in desaturated hues. When describing why he chooses the cold rural landscape as his subject, Schönberger reveals, “I like the harsh beauty of those areas and the peculiar melancholy that surrounds them.”
You can find more of Schönberger’s incredible photos on Instagram.