The Black Moor: A Magical Place for Photography


All images by Heiko Gerlicher. Used with permission.

Heiko Gerlicher is a self taught photographer born in 1969, living in Ahorn in the District of Coburg, Upper Franconia. By profession he is a field staff for a special steel wholesale trade. But for a hobby, he shoots photos. In fact, he’s won awards for his images in 2014 and 2015.

When going through his Behance profile, you’ll be sure to find images of the Black Moor: a series he did on the Black Moor. This special place is part of a UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve; and offers absolutely stunning images to anyone who goes.

Phoblographer: Talk to us about how you got into photography.


Heiko: I got in the ‘real’ photography at 2010 when my wife gave me my first DSLR Camera, the Canon 550D, for Christmas.

From this moment on, photography became a big passion in my life. I’m living in the beautiful countryside of Upper Franconia and so I started with some landscape pictures around my hometown. In 2012 I bought the Nikon D7000 because my ambitions grew for more quality and possibilities. Since last year the Full-Frame Nikon D800E took me to the next step.

Phoblographer: What got you into photographing landscapes and forests?


Heiko: I love to be in the nature in my leisure time and discover the landscape. Especially the forests are my favorite place. Not only because I’m a big tree lover. Trees have been to fascinating me since my childhood. The forests are a place where I can find tranquility and have a rest from everyday working life. But also the woods are such a exciting place to explore. Photographing the forests is a declaration of love for me. To show the beauty, the special mood, the life and also the transience in them, is what I want and what I like. I prefer to go outside when the weather presents itself from it’s bad side. Rain and preferably fog are the best arguments for a forest walk. The light couldn’t be softer, the contrasts subtle and the atmosphere more impressive.

At such moments, I merge completely with nature, forget about time and problems seem so far away.

Phoblographer: What made you specifically want to photograph the Black Moor with this eerie fog over it?


Heiko: The Black Moor was on my photographic wish-list for a long time. It is one of the nature highlights in my surroundings. The wetland is part of the UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve.
A misty mood and maybe some colors of fall were on my mind to realize a little image series
from the moor, because these conditions can’t be more mystic and impressive to portrait such
a mysterious and fabulous place. So I waited for the perfect moment to go there.

Phoblographer: To achieve this creative vision, what did you have to do exactly? Shooting a specific time is one guess.

Heiko: It is a conglomerate of learning, practical knowledge, conditions, time, technique and of course intuition to create such visions.













Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.