Photo by Saskia Kuhlmann.

I am an amateur photographer based near Vienna and interested in nature and abstract photography. My interest in photography was stimulated by my father, who was an avid photographer, and my friend Jonny who used the medium to connect to people. After buying my own enlarger in the mid 70ies and shooting some dress rehearsals for the Zimmertheater in M√ľnster (now Wolfgang Borchert Theater) I gained quite some experience in black & white silver gelatine printing. Besides, I also practiced some historical photographic printing techniques. Among those I love the gum bichromate process. The process is very slow and time consuming. If I only had more time at that time ...

In 2007 I turned to digital photography, when quality and permanence of pigment inkjet prints became acceptable, even excellent today. Since then I enjoy the freedom and flexibility the digital workflow provides towards reaching the desired expression in the final printed image.

I started out with Minolta and Nikon SLRs, occasionally used a Mamiya RB67 and a self-made 13x18 technical camera equipped with a Xenar 210mm f/6.1 which allowed all movements. These days I am mainly using the Nikon D800.

In my professional life I have been a professor for Numerical Fluid Mechanics at TU Wien. Check out my publications if you like. Fluid mechanics provides us with beauty, not only through its mathematical equations ;-), but also through its visual appearance in form of cloud patterns, meandering rivers, flow-induced sand ripples, waves and many more. On the occasion of the organization of the 12th European Fluid Mechanics Conference in Vienna in 2018 we needed a theme. This led me to photograph curling smoke which forms and moves according to known fluid mechanical equations. Their solutions can be very complex.