Guest Blog: Beliefs and Answers, Holger Mischke

Holger Mischke is a photographer/writer/musician who works mainly in black and white and combines his images with stories, describing the world around us filtered through the world inside him. You can see more of his work on his website holgermischke.com and follow his writing on his blog holgermischke.blog.


Photo Credit: Jörg Wüstkamp

To live a life I think you need to believe in something, need to find some answers. Without those beliefs and answers, there is no sense of direction, which will make it hard to find it in yourself to make an effort, since you don’t even know whether the next step is getting you closer to where you want to be or further away.

The answers can be found everywhere. Sometimes you already heard them and didn’t recognize them. Sometimes you knew them all along. It’s just that the right questions were never asked.

When I read Ansel Adams’ 1965 article about Edward Weston, one sentence struck home with me: “You might discover through Edward Weston’s work how basically good you are or might become.” The questions I asked myself after reading this and pondering it for a while made me realize something I knew all along. About who I was. And about my work as a photographer.

When They Come © Holger Mischke

It is no coincidence that most people will tell you when asked where they go to wind down, relax, find peace, recharge, that they’ll find all that in nature. I believe that we all feel that way in nature is because we are basically going home. It’s where we belong, it’s where we came from and will go back to. And it’s what we feel disconnected from when we’re back in the everyday “real” world.

X Marks The Spot © Holger Mischke

I am often asked why there are rarely any people in my photographs. I think they are always there. When I take pictures of forests, mountains, the sky, the sea, a sunset, then you can find yourself in there. You, and all the rest of us. I believe that everything in nature is connected and even in this day and age when he have managed to be so out of touch with nature if we are willing to be open, we can find ourselves there again.

Big Sky © Holger Mischke

So when I show you Marram grass in the wind under a stormy sky along the coast, it is you. When I show you fir trees aching under the weight of the snow, it is me. And when I show you the moon reflecting in the ocean stretching out to the horizon, it is all of us and all you will ever need to know. Because at this point the questions will start forming inside you and point you to what we knew all along. And what will help you discover how good you are or might become.

A Wind Is Rising © Holger Mischke

“I know now wherever I go, the path will show itself with every step I take. I’ll never be lost.” This is my idea for The Path (France, 2018).

The Path © Holger Mischke

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5 Comments

  1. Barbara Burroughs January 20, 2020 at 1:06 am #

    Toll geschrieben und ich mag deine Photos sehr.Ich mag dir rauhe Wildheit und ihre Schönheit.

  2. Jim Ruppel January 20, 2020 at 7:20 am #

    Good post. I hope this becomes a regular feature of your Blog.

  3. Harold Davis January 20, 2020 at 10:39 am #

    Thanks Jim, yes I plan to do this again when I encounter photographers whose vision and way with words I respect!

  4. Khürt Louis Williams January 20, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anita Bower February 9, 2020 at 5:29 am #

    Thank you for posting this thoughtful photographer

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