2016 was an interesting, busy but also quite challenging year. The world seems upside down, unsafe and fragile.
Even more one tries to find a way back to things which really matter.
The chance to be a silent witness to one of the most incredible sites in the austrian alps was mind-blowing, The chance to meet Thomas Tscherne and his wild deers and document these unforgettable moments in mother nature with my camera was unique.
Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests and are facing loss of habitat and food sources. Since 20 years Thomas Tsherne feeds the deer population every winter, driving up, spending time with them up to 4-5 hours, day by day to protect the species and help them survive the harsh alpine winters since a part of the forests, hence their living environment and food sources have been destroyed through human impact, deforestation, urban development in the valleys and attempts to expand agricultural production. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. This impacts people’s livelihoods and threatens a wide range of plant and animal species.
There is no simple solution to conservation of deer throughout the world; nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned through a global perspective on the status of deer that may help to guide us in our relationship to the land to the benefit of both humans and deers.
And to learn from an open hearted man’s dedication for a cause.
With the beginning of this ongoing documentary i hope to create awareness.
All photographs are for sale, all profit will be donated for deer food.
A book and a short documentary movie i am currently working on coming up in 2018.