Kilian Schoenberger’s Photos of Europe’s Crooked Forest

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All photographs taken by Kilian Schoenberger. Used with permission.

Photographer Kilian Schoenberger is a creative that manages to capture some of the most amazing locations on earth that trigger feelings of a fantasy and fairy tales. We’ve profiled this special trait of his on the site before, but most recently he took to the wilds to capture what’s known as the Crooked Forest.

The Crooked Forest is a place in Poland with very oddly shaped pine trees. There are many speculations for why the trees grow this way–some say that humans did it for various reasons. These reasons include making furniture or boats. Another theory says that the snowstorms caused the trees to bow in order to adapt to the environment. Yet another theory cites that tanks from World War II caused it in some way.

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Brothers Grimm’s Homeland: The Fairy Tale Landscape Photography of Kilian Schoenberger


All photographs taken by Kilian Schoenberger. Used with permission.

Fantastical, mysterious, dark and fabled are the words to describe the Grimm brothers’ folktales we have come to know and love. Not coincidentally, these same words also describe perfectly Bavarian-based photographer Kilian Schoenberger‘s series named after the famous storytellers.

As a landscape photographer, Kilian spends a good chunk of his time scouring the forests and mountains of Europe – whether it be in Germany, the Czech Republic, or Luxembourg – looking for fantasy-inspired scenes or scenes that may have inspired fantasy, like the lone Bohemian forest chapel in the photo above. The images he took of the scenes he’d found became what is now the haunting series aptly called “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland.”

Heavy with shadow, fog, and elements that subtly indicate human presence – abandoned machinery, ivy-covered bridge, castle ruins – which altogether create their atmospheric and mysterious mood, the photographs in “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” will make you feel like you’ve literally just come out of a fairy tale or about to walk into one.

See some of the photos from Kilian’s wonderful series after the jump.

To see more of Kilian’s amazing work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.


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