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ENCHANTED FOREST

CHRISTIAN HEIDEBUR

// Christian is a self-taught German photographer who enjoys exploring the whole range of analogue photography. He likes experimenting with different techniques to give his images an artistic look. We present his series “Enchanted Forest”.

Christian started teaching himself photography in 2019. His explorations led him to some topics and techniques he now sticks to, such as the use of lomographic films, double exposures and artistic photography in general. “I like experimenting, for example with film soups and long exposures. This extra bit of elaboration gives my photography more depth. My next goal is to create a series worth for an exhibition.”


“EveryBODY IS AN ARTIST.”

Joseph Beuys


What draws you to the arts?

“As a visual or aesthetic experience surrealism appeals the most to me. Since I can think of I’m fascinated by artists like Salvor Dali or Max Ernst.”

What do you like best about photo art such as the images you have shared with us?

“My series is “enchanted forest” where I challenge myself to capture forests as dreamy, painterly and surreal, in short as enchanted. Just for fun, because I like the results. They fit my soft spot for fantasy. My favourite is the twigs in the green/turquoise twilight.

All of Christian´s photos are taken on analogue film, and we asked Christian to explain his technique a bit, and it turns out that there is quite an interesting mix of approaches here.

The dreamy or romantic look partly comes from the Lomography Daguerreotype Artlens, a lens with patterned and perforated apertures. (For example, the images of the clover, the forest in purple/red, and the two photos with branches are taken with this.) Some of the pictures appear as if they were painted.

Three of the presented images are double exposures. “This is just exactly my thing because it’s very playful and creative and the results become artistic and surreal. Although I usually plan them very carefully with sketches when I expose the film for the first time (I expose an entire film twice), there is a lot of waste but also a lot of happy accidents. The “Scan Day” is always a day full of surprises,” Christian says.

The photo with the streaks of color in the middle is made with a “film soup”, where Christian lets the film soak in a liquid for a few hours before developing. The effect is rather subtle.

Christian does not do any editing. He uses Lomographic films (5 out of 10 are Lomochrome Purple, three others from KONO) and sends them to Carmencita Film Lab in Valencia for development and scanning. This is because “The scans from Carmencita are not as “flat” as is sometimes the cases from other laboratories, i.e. the contrast is already set appropriately. When it comes to the colours, I always ask to leave them natural, just what the film has to offer. But of course the saturation is also set appropriately by the laboratory. I really like the fact that I don’t have to edit myself, and the photos from the laboratory are just good as they are. Correct editing would also cost me too much time and nerves, and I would need a calibrated monitor and a lot of practice. Maybe something for the future…”

We hope you enjoy the artistic enchanted forests Christian has created and are perhaps inspired to try some of these techniques.


Photos may be cropped for layout. Click on the photos to see a larger image with its title in original dimensions.

ALL IMAGES © CHRISTIAN HEIDEBUR

To see more of her photography visit Christian´s Instagram page .

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