Photo by Saskia Kuhlmann.

I am an amateur photographer based near Vienna and I have a strong interest in nature and abstract photography. My passion for photography was ignited by my father, who was an avid photographer, as well as my friend Jonny, who used the medium to connect with people. In the mid-70s, I purchased my own enlarger and gained valuable experience in black & white silver gelatin printing by capturing dress rehearsals for the Zimmertheater in M√ľnster (now Wolfgang Borchert Theater). Additionally, I explored various historical photographic printing techniques, with a particular fondness for the gum bichromate process. This method is remarkably slow and time-consuming. If only I had more time back then...

In 2007, I made the transition to digital photography as the quality and longevity of pigment inkjet prints became acceptable, and today, they are even excellent. Since then, I have relished the freedom and flexibility that the digital workflow offers in achieving the desired expression in the final printed image.

I began my photographic journey with Minolta and Nikon SLRs, occasionally using a Mamiya RB67 and a self-made 13x18 technical camera equipped with a Xenar 210mm f/6.1 lens that allowed for full movements. These days, my primary camera is the Nikon D800.

In my professional life, I served as a professor of Numerical Fluid Mechanics at TU Wien. If you're interested, you can check out my publications. Fluid mechanics not only provides us with beauty through its mathematical equations ;-), but also through its visual manifestations, such as cloud patterns, meandering rivers, flow-induced sand ripples, waves, and many more. When organizing the 12th European Fluid Mechanics Conference in Vienna in 2018, we needed a theme. This inspired me to photograph curling smoke, which forms and moves in accordance with well-known fluid mechanical equations. The solutions to these equations can be highly complex.