Sven Müller's beautiful landscapes capture the solitude and peace of a pristine nature at its most isolated. Full of flawless reflections and raw vivacious colors, they showcase the 22 year old's love of the outdoors and hiking. An engineer by profession and based in Künzelsau, Germany, Sven is fascinated by the idea of immortalizing precious moments on camera and hopes to convey his emotions and state of being through the viewfinder. Active in photography from a very young age, he has evolved from a wallpaper enthusiast to a more mature photographer in search of a deeper meaning in the images he shares with the world. To find out more about Sven and to see the truly spectacular pictures he's chosen to share with us, we recommend reading this interview.
Introducing Sven Müller
Sven talked to us about his passion for landscape photography and his emotional connection to his work, in this short interview:
How did you get into photography?
It's been awhile since I began taking pictures, but I guess it all started in my childhood when I spent a lot of time surrounded by nature with my parents. I saw places, scenery I wanted to capture so they wouldn't fade from my memories. In time, I began taking photos more extensively and found different motivation as well.
I'm nearly a hundred percent inspired by nature – regardless if it's oceans or mountains or forests. Each landscape changes with the seasons and the light. I feel a different emotional connection to the mountainside and the seaside for example. There were also special events in my personal life I wanted to capture. For me, photography is sometimes a way to share the things I see, but also an attempt to slow down fleeing moments and emotions for myself. Of course you can't really succeed. You cannot capture an entire impression through the viewfinder, the feeling of the wind, the coldness, far away sounds or your own mood and thoughts at that time. I started outdoors travelling because I wanted to share photographs with others and get a little bit of recognition perhaps. But it has changed in time. As I said – at first I was travelling to take photographs and now it seems that I photograph to travel. I now understand what it means to be alone without being lonely - and I've learned to appreciate it.
What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?
I've been using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for the last three years with several lenses – that you can check out on my website - Sven Muller Fotografie – and Adobe Photoshop including Adobe Camera RAW for image processing. When creating black & white photographs I use Silver Efex Pro, a plugin for Adobe Photoshop. Another great partner of mine I'd like to mention is my tripod, manufactured by Feisol.
What do you think was the biggest influence in your photography?
I was never inspired by a photographer in my personal environment but when I was younger I did a lot with wallpapers so I've seen many nature related wallpapers that have surely influenced me. Landscape pictures of other photographers also inspire me. An increasingly important goal of my photography is to no longer just capture scenery in the right light, but also in the way I see it. I try to show the way I am or what I feel at that moment in time. I feel like I've managed to achieve this only with a handful of photographs I've taken.
Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?
As a photographer – at least in my case – you're extremely critical and conservative about your own work. So I'm not really proud of any of my photographs. Sometimes I'm satisfied with the results and sometimes a photograph is really important to me. I'm pleased with some because I mastered technical difficulties in order to take them. I'm pleased with others in which I managed to capture a personal moment and those photos will remind me of it for years.
But, to choose one for the purpose of this interview, I've decided on my photograph Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
While taking this photograph I was amazed by the landscape and its peace. The quote by Joseph Conrad I attached to the photograph on its way to publishing, is also very important to me: "It's impossible to share the vivid sensation of a certain time in life. We live as we dream - alone."
What's the thing/place you would most like to photograph, but you haven't had the chance to yet?
There are several places I'm looking forward to visiting in the near future but the area along the Last Dollar Road in Colorado and Patagonia with Mt. Fitz Roy are at the top of my current wishlist.
What are your plans with photography from here on out?
Mostly, I want to travel as much as possible and perhaps reduce a little the importance photography has in my life, if possible. Once you've caught the photography bug though, it's hard to shake it off!
Enjoy Sven's Work Through a Windows Theme - Download Links
Sven has chosen to include some of his most spectacular landscapes in his theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8. We're sure you'll love them on your Desktop.
COPYRIGHT: Sven Müller. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.
Follow Sven Müller & His work
If you enjoyed Sven's photos and would like to see the rest of his amazing portfolio, additional wallpapers and even tutorials, we suggest you visit his official website - Sven Mueller or follow him on deviantART, 500px or Whytake.
We would like to thank Sven for sharing his work with us and our readers and hope his passion for nature will continue to inspire him.