For the Love of Adventure
“I think it does almost require a little bit of madness,” Horst Klemm reflects on his drive for perfection. Some might call it crazy to seek out the wonders of the world far beyond the reaches of western civilization, to travel great distances on dirt roads or where there are no roads at all, to explore the jungles of Papua New Guinea, or to traverse the Arabian Desert on camelback. The vastness of the world and all its infinite, fascinating details are what push Horst Klemm on his quest to understand the world as a whole – to live and experience it – through its microcosms. That, along with an unbridled thirst for knowledge and zest for discovery, is the true definition of an adventurer.
Klemm’s photo equipment, a constant companion into the unknown, is his journal. Nature and wildlife are his theatre. He tells their stories with photographs, giving viewers a window to a breathtaking world. Without compromise, Klemm defers to the laws of nature, letting everything take its course. Consequently, his artworks, although indescribably beautiful, are grounded and down to earth at the same time. It is almost as though nature itself were posing just for Klemm.
The animal kingdom shows a different side of itself, and the environment creates an atmosphere that emanates from the artwork to bring the viewer under its spell. We do not feel trapped by this. Rather, we feel free for the first time.