Wald

The original forests in Germany and Europe were dense and vast areas with all types of different endemic species. Due to human interference and "cultivation“, original forests have been drastically reduced to the point where no real "primeval forest", that covered the country thousands of years ago, was left. Most of the forests nowadays usually only feature one not endemic species of tree and have been planted to grow quickly and be harvested at some point.

This project explores and documents the original species of trees in Germany and visualizes how the forest and our definition of it has changed over the centuries. By this effort I'd like to re-define the meaning behind the word "Forest" ("Wald" in German) itself, because nowadays most of the people think cultivated plantations are our natural forests.

All images were entirely shot on black and white medium format film and printed as silver gelatin prints. You can support this long term project by buying a handmade silver gelatin print.
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography
Wald - Danilo Bittorf Analog Photography