Photographer Brings the Landscapes of the Brothers Grimm to Life in Haunting Photos

Allee Niederbayern

People familiar with the Brother’s Grimm fairy tales know that the Disney versions of many of these tales were rather less dark than the original, broody, oh-my-goodness-did-that-just-happen-in-a-fiary-tale versions.

The photographs in German photographer Kilian Schoenberger‘s series Brothers Grimm’s Homeland represent the latter universe: a foggy, dark, ominous place where the next footfall you hear might send you running.

Schoenberger was inspired to create the series by his own childhood home. Growing up with a thick woodland right in his backyard, magically haunted landscapes always held a draw for him. It’s also what he feels society is pining for on some level.

“I think there is a deep longing for tranquil naturalness among people in our technology-driven environment,” he tells SLR Lounge. “Therefore I don’t want to show just portrayals of natural scenes — I want to create visually accessible places where the visitor can virtually put his mind at rest.”

These photo illustrations were all shot in rural remote areas of Middle Europe, using a Canon 5D Mark II attached to either a Canon 24mm TSE or a Canon 17mm TSE:

Böhmerwald Sumava

Buchenwald Rheinland

Burgruine Flossenbürg

Burgruine Oberpfalz


Lusen Bayerischer Wald

Mühle Oberpfälzer Wald

National Park Sumava Bayerischer Wald Waldsterben

Naturwald Ostbayern (1)

Naturwald Ostbayern (2)

Naturwald Ostbayern (3)

Waldkapelle Böhmerwald

Wasserfall Luxenburg

The images are impressive enough on their own, and would be a testament to the skill of any photographer who captured them, but they become even more impressive when you find out that Schoenberger is color blind.

It’s both a blessing and a curse. Although he admits that he has to have a friend check the colors in every one of his images before he goes to print, he explains to My Modern Met that it’s also a benefit. “I don’t have to separate singular colors visually and can totally concentrate on the structure for a convincing image composition.”

To see more of Schoenberger’s impressive work — and believe us, there is a lot more where this came from — head over to his website or Facebook page by following the corresponding links.

(via My Modern Met)

Image credits: Photographs by Kilian Schoenberger and used with permission.

  • Kurt Langer


  • Mirrorless Forums

    Wow… thats all amazing… i would love to get the exact names of locations…great work by the way…

  • Jonathan Maniago

    As a colorblind person myself, I’ve never really thought of the condition as a significant impediment. Heck, people have been shooting striking photographs before color film was even invented.

  • Erick

    A color deficiency doesn’t mean you don’t see colors completely. He is a great artist in my book but I’ve never heard or read that one person couldn’t take great photographs because of a color deficiency. Is kind of irrelevant.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Imagine getting there only to find ” #noshittyphotos” spray-painted on the forest floor.

  • SaveTheWorldGetTheGirl

    I think some people misunderstand “color-blind” as thinking it means people are only able to see black and white.

    I believe the statistic of men having some form of color deficiency is actually rather high, something like 60%, iirc. Women seem to fair much better. I definitely wouldn’t consider it a big handicap.

  • harumph

    Not to mention that “color-blindness” is a catch-all term that covers the entire rang of color perception deficiencies. Most people only have trouble with a small range of the spectrum, and they would still be classified as color blind. The photographer’s quote implies that he has total color blindness. If that’s the case, then the most obvious question would be why doesn’t he just shoot black and white? For me personally, if I couldn’t see any color, then there would be no reason for me to print color photos.

  • Mirrorless Forums

    But you wouldn’t be labelled as ‘colorblind’ for such low level or something not significant

  • Mirrorless Forums

    You think them as painted stuff???