All photos by Lena Weisbek. Used with permission.
While Munich-based Lena Weisbek has been working for decades as a designer and art director, fine art photography has been her passion for many years. Today, she does mostly art photography, taking on various projects on different themes and developing her art concepts. It’s therefore not surprising that she was drawn to a minimalist, abstract approach for photographing landscapes. If, like us, you have a keen interest in this approach, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this series as well.
Weisbek shared that the idea for her Dreamscapes series didn’t come to her all of a sudden, but was steadily inspired by the grandeur of nature itself. “It became a set gradually since I had taken some abstract pictures of landscapes. What inspires me is the nature itself. I enjoy standing alone in the face of the elements, feeling the tranquility of the landscape and capturing the special atmosphere and special light.”
Over the years, Dreamscapes took shape in both color and black and white. However, Weisbek tries to use the color sparingly, and only when it helps convey a special mood. With black and white, however, she is able to focus more on the contrast in the scene. “I think that sometimes the concentration on light and shadow is able to transport the moods better than with the real colors, which distract often.”
Asked about what it’s like for her shooting photos in this technique, she said that taking these pictures is a kind of meditation for her. “Concentrating on what surrounds me — nature, the elements, light — is something that makes me forget everything else. I use different techniques for this type of images, for example, intentional camera movement. I focus on certain points and then move the camera…”
“Although all these images have been made from real subjects, they are abstract works of art. It is the kind of seeing, the abstraction, as I said. You just focus on what the essence is and eliminate the rest. I hope, to evoke emotions, but this part is in the eye of the beholder. So, this is a space for the viewer to see what he is able or wants to see. In fact, all abstract work is a common work of art, so to say, an interplay between the artist and the viewer.”
For those who want to achieve the same aesthetic, Weisbek’s advice is to take your time. “Don’t try to shoot fast. Make sure you perceive the atmosphere around you and feel it. Try different settings of your camera and take time to create. Experiment and stay spontaneous.”