Septembers “Meet the maker” is the photographer Peter Fischer. The Craft Lab meets with him to talk about his love for nature and being in the present. Peter is currently taking up musical studies in northern Sweden and is passing time exploring nature. He has a background as a professional photographer and used to travel the world in his profession.
My mobile has been my only photographic equipment for the past years due to two reasons. I previously worked as a photographer and I have come to associate photographic equipment with work, and that’s not what I want. Besides that, the best camera is always the camera you carry around. Most of the time that’s usually my mobile, how sad that might be.
I find that there is something meditative in creating images. And not to loose being in the present when picking up the camera is obviously an art in itself, but I think it is possible. If I have a lot on my mind, I can even become more focused after a moment of photography.
However, there are moments when I choose to just experience nature itself and I skip the camera even though I realize that I might miss out on opportunities for great photos.
Nature is what inspires me most of all. Its beauty, whether it is in its most complex, or in its simplest form, it always gives me energy. Nature’s shapes and colours are in my opinion perfect. I’m not entirely clear on why I have a need to photograph nature, but it´s been like that for a long time.
Although it is not my intention, I hope my images will inspire more people to go outdoors. We are part of it, but it will soon be forgotten if we continue to fall too deeply into the electronic world. I strongly believe that it is very important to feel a sense of belonging and security in nature. I also believe that it is important to be sensitive to natures beauty.
It is really hard to pick out a “best” memory. It’s a kind of love that you can´t rate. Every time when I’m open, in the present and receptive is the best. It really doesn’t depend that much on nature itself, but my own ability to be in the present.
Be open to natural stimulus. For example, at this moment I´m sitting on a rock by the water observing the waves. Red and yellow leaves are falling from the trees landing on the water and then sailing away like little boats. In the background, I can hear a woodpecker, the wind rustling in the trees and the waves. The sun is reflected in the water and the rays are dancing along the stones and pebbles on the beach. The sun is pleasantly warming and there is a scent of autumn.
Allow your senses to be stimulated by the “simple things” that exist around us, such as smells, the feeling of the wind, the sounds of rustling leaves, the taste of the berries. We are so used to be fueled by technology and people, conversations, books etc. Most of this takes us further away from the present, while a wave rippling against a stone or a bird chirping always gives us a possibility of presence.
Different mindfulness exercises can help you along the way, but it’s important not to only practice, the goal itself is, of course, to be in the present as much as possible.
Playing an instrument is also practicing to be in the present. When the musician is fully present the music can flow in a fantastic way. That’s the secret behind the music, as I see it.
An old proven trick which is always available is to observe your our own breathing. This doesn’t have to be done in lotus position with your eyes closed, or on a meditation course, but can be done right at any time to varying degrees.
Thank you Peter for this interview. Make sure to check out his work here
Hope you enjoyed the read.
Love // Stina