All images © Michael Schauer
I Don't Have To Cry series
Not everyone would choose to spend their time in the world’s harsh northern climates, but for photographer Michael Schauer, these regions hold a special appeal.
Michael Schauer is a München-based photographer. The discovery of his interest in—and talent for—photography was pure serendipity: He was looking for a new creative outlet after his band broke up. “I basically stumbled into photography when I was out one day and had a super good time taking photos with my phone,” he says. “I became curious about what else I could achieve."
“Taking unique photos is a challenge nowadays. While it’s wonderful that travel is relatively affordable, the web gets flooded with photos of all the same spots.” Schauer says. “So I try to find new viewpoints—for example with telephoto lenses, by walking off the beaten path to find my subjects, or by just photographing something entirely different. While I love shooting landscapes and being somewhere remote, doing work with a focus on the human element is something completely different—and it’s refreshing and inspiring as well,”
“In the north, you can feel the true power of nature—which can be frightening but very beautiful at the same time. Glaciers, icebergs, and snowfields have a certain calmness to them, and calmness is what I find when I’m in these regions. That’s also what I want to convey in my photos.”