"There's a haunting quality to his work that makes even familiar images feel eerily new."
"He is equally adept at working in colour and black & white, and his eye for interesting subjects and composition is wonderful."
Carsten Krieger is a professional photographer based in the West of Ireland. His unique images are highly acclaimed and he is one of Ireland’s most published photographers. His work has appeared in Ireland of the Welcomes, Outdoor Photography, Burren Insight, Nature Photographers Network, Popular Photography and others. Carsten has also been writing for dpreview and slrlounge.
His main focus is on nature and landscape photography so conservation naturally plays an important role in his work. He has been working with the IPPC/Irish Peatland Conservation Council, the IWDG/The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and is currently a regular contributor to the IWT/Irish Wildlife Trust. Carsten is also representing Ireland for the international Meet Your Neighbours biodiversity project.
Carsten has to date published and contributed to six books, including the highly acclaimed “Ireland's Coast” and “The Wildflowers of Ireland”, and is currently working on several new projects.
Beside his landscape and nature work Carsten also covers commercial and documentary assignments and his clients include The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Shannon Development, Tourism Ireland/Failte Ireland, the Tree Council of Ireland, the Burren Nature Sanctuary and many others.
In his own words...
Photography and Nature have both been playing a part in my life from a very early age. I remember vividly rambling through the local forests and meadows of my hometown in Southern Germany, camera around my neck. Most of the times however photography was only an excuse to get outside and chase after all kinds of wildlife. More often than not the exposed film ended up in some drawer, undeveloped. Experiencing nature and enjoying the process of framing a shot was all I wanted.
Only in my late teens I discovered that a picture can be very powerful and that the right image at the right time can actually change things. Through the works of the late Fritz Poelking, Germany’s godfather of nature photography, and the American photographer Jim Brandenburg I started to take my own photography more seriously and see it as a possible career path.
However life got in the way and I ended up as a fully qualified pediatric nurse working on a ward for bone marrow transplantation. Looking back on the decade I spent working with terminally ill children I can only say it changed my life. Once you held the hand of a dying 5 year old you start looking at things differently.
Working in such a demanding job naturally left its marks and in 2002 my wife, also a pediatric nurse, and me decided its time for a change. Sometime later we found ourselves in the West of Ireland and I started calling myself a professional photographer.
Since then I have enjoyed the roller-coaster ride of a freelance artist. During the past decade I have learned a thing or two about the art of photography and became a better photographer in the process (I hope...). I switched from film to digital capture, mutated from a zoom lens enthusiast to a user of tilt & shift prime lenses, explored the secrets of colour and monochrome photography and discovered the triumvirate of successful image making: Beauty, Simplicity and Mystery. But most importantly I enjoyed countless thrilling and humbling experiences in the great outdoors.
For me being a photographer is more than a job, it’s a way of life and I never know where this journey will take me next.
C.K., March 2011