Christian Voigt loves large format photographs. “They make it easier for the viewer to step into the world which is portrayed. What you see on the photo should be just what you would see in reality.” He achieves perfect contrast over each square centimetre by taking several photographs. The exposure value changes constantly so that ideal lighting is provided from the brightest spots to the deepest shadows. Combining shots helps to create a technically outstanding print. Voigt refers to his photographs as ‘a window to the world’.
He travels from one challenge to the next. From the busy streets of Hanoi to the scorching wilderness of the Emirates and the rice fields of Bali. He set the bar extremely high both figuratively and literally for his most recent project: Mount Everest. The Sky Is The Limit ! “My aim was to create a photograph of Everest Base Camp at the peak time for climbing with the mother of all mountains in the background. ”The photograph does not just show the base camp and all its activity; it is a panoramic photograph of unprecedented quality”. “You can see how overwhelming nature is and how small people are. The tents look like M&Ms lying on the ground”.
Voigt prepared by undertaking two weeks of altitude training in the Himalayan former kingdom of Mustang. As he was uncertain how long he would remain at Base Camp, he and his team stayed at Lukla, formerly home to many shepherds, which is the starting point for the ascent of Mount Everest.
He was flown up and down in a helicopter. For the first few days he came back empty handed; Everest was shrouded in cloud. “Everything really depends on the weather. It is all about being patient. It was five days until the sun broke through and we were fortunate that it continued to shine for several hours. Everything happens in slow motion at that height. It took me around three hours to take the photograph. In the meantime it was bitterly cold and the air was so dry that you could hardly talk. It was the most extreme project I have undertaken so far.
On 8th of February the series ‘Everest’ will be shown for the first time, coinciding with the opening of the new Wanrooij Gallery building at KNSM-laan 301 in Amsterdam. There viewers will be able to step into this snow-capped mountain world without any need for gloves while enjoying a drink and a snack. Visitors can enter the world of Nepal, the snowy mountains and be amazed by the Images in a quality that has not been done in fine Art Photography.
The photographer is present to tell about his journey and explaining his way of capturing these Images.
– February 8th 2018: For invites only
– February 9th | March 15th 2018: Public