In search of the other-worldly

Andreas Waldschütz about the interplay with light

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz seeks out unusual settings for his photographs. He finds them around the world and in the woods surrounding Berlin. Thereby light is his key asset to transform any scene at hand. This is also reflected in the collaboration between the artist and Zumtobel.

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz
Andreas Waldschütz finds unusual settings for his photographs also in the woods surrounding Berlin. © Robert Rieger

Andreas Waldschütz and his wife have found a house on a lake in Wandlitz about half an hour north of Berlin. "I like it," says Andreas, who grew up on the outskirts of Vienna. There in the late ’80s, surrounded by little more than fields, Andreas held a camera in his hands for the first time. It was an old Russian Zenit, a gift from his uncle.

After an apprenticeship as a wholesaler, Waldschütz moved to the USA. His dream was to become a major film producer on the West Coast. At the time, MTV was still going strong and Andreas shot a number of music videos and short films. He returned to Europe and continued filming until 2007, when his London flat was robbed. They stole what seemed like the foundation of his entire livelihood: his cameras and hard drives. So, Andreas flew to South Africa with a good friend.

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz
Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

While in South Africa, Andreas heard about a village called Kolmanskop in Namibia. The settlement was founded during colonial times for workers in the nearby diamond mines. Kolmanskop has been abandoned for decades and the dunes are now gradually taking back the streets and filling the houses with sand. "I got it in my head that I had to do a story there," says Andreas. The result was "Sand People".

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz
Waldschütz likes to shoot with natural light. © Robert Rieger
Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

Andreas Waldschütz still searches for out-of-this-world shoot locations. Of course, some of his out-of-this-world locations do require a bit of extra staging in terms of light. It’s too simple to say that light is the raw material of photography and yet, it is Andreas’ key asset to transform any scene at hand.

Light also plays an important role in his latest work for Zumtobel. The image film "A futuristic journey through the spectrum of light" was shot by Waldschütz at the Lichtforum in Dornbirn - a place that makes the creative power of light come alive. The video artist has translated his personal interpretation of the forum into a futuristic short film. "Entering the space was like stepping into 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s hard to describe the film I shot there. It is about light. No, it is light."

[Guest author: Philipp Hindahl, Freunde von Freunden]

The whole portrait about Andreas Waldschütz is available on the website of Freunde von Freunden. Zumtobel is a partner of the creative network and participated in the furnishing concept of the Friends Space in Berlin with an individual lighting solution.

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz

Photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz

An extract of Andreas Waldschütz' works. © Andreas Waldschütz