David Köster is one of the most renowned landscape photographers in Germany, who has become known for his atmospheric nature pictures. His artistic work has received numerous international awards and is used by agencies, publishers and companies worldwide. As a photojournalist, he writes about photography and travel for magazines at home and abroad. David also passes on his experience in his popular photo workshops and in his new book. David Köster talks to us about his work, his experiences with copyright infringement and his collaboration with LAPIXA.
How did you get into photography?
I came to photography because of my great enthusiasm for nature and travelling. Even as a child, I devoured magazines such as GEO and National Geographic and enjoyed watching nature documentaries. Another influence is the Romantic painting with artists like Caspar David Friedrich, for whom I had a soft spot from an early age. Since I’m a creative person, it was only a matter of time before I started to visually capture my impressions of nature myself.
Is there something you want to achieve with your images?
It is important to me that I create emotional pictures that transport feelings and moods. My works should trigger something in the viewer, awaken in him a longing and the desire to travel to this place himself. In addition, of course, I always hope to be able to use my pictures to promote the protection of our unique earth.
You have a very own painterly style. What is your approach to creating this type of photography?
A combination of epic landscapes, atmospheric lighting moods and dramatic perspectives is usually characteristic of my pictures. In order to be able to use these elements, I leave very little to chance. So I spend some time with planning and location scouting even before the actual photography. Once on site, I also take a lot of time to find exciting perspectives and compositions and to wait for the right light. By the way, I describe in detail how I proceed in detail in my new landscape photography book .