My name is Bastian Bauwens, and I am a nature and landscape photographer currently based in Germany. A completely self-taught photographer, I started my photographic journey in 2003 with my first dSLR, a Canon EOS 10D. Cameras have come and gone, and my equipment has changed over the years, but my aim has remained the same: To show nature in all its glory and beauty, and to capture those awe-inspiring moments and places that only few people ever experience with their own eyes.
Due to my love for the diverse and spectacular landscapes of the American West, most of my photographs are taken in the United States. In my opinion, they present the landscape photographer with an unrivaled playground of endless subjects and creative possibilities. In each of my photographs, I try to present a scene the way I felt it, and not necessarily just the way I saw it. This is because, to me, the most important challenge in making a photograph is to elicit an emotional response in the viewer.
I feel comfortable in adjusting colors, contrast, and other aspects of a photograph in order to strengthen the emotional message a photograph should convey (especially in the digital age, which offers the photographer many possibilities that simply did not exist before). And while it is important to me that the results still very much resemble reality, I do not claim to be a photo journalist that captures reality in its purest sense. Just like a painter, a photographer should be allowed to make a piece of art rather than just take a photograph.
The focus of my photographs is almost solely on landscapes. In my eyes, the sight of a spectacular sunset, a pristine waterfall, or a vast and deserted landscape are the things that allow us to escape from our daily routine and to start dreaming. I find peace of mind when making these photographs and observing the beauty of nature, and I am trying to evoke the same feelings in the viewers of my photographs.