Growing up close to heavy woodland, photographer Kilian Schoenberger has set out on a fascinating project inspired by the landscape of his childhood home. His photographic illustrations aim to recreate the chilling and unsettling overtones of the Brothers Grimm stories. Taken throughout middle Europe, the images capture a quiet type of fear, where anything might be lurking in the shadows.
Schonberger is colorblind, and as such focuses on shapes, patterns, and form when creating his images. To him, the structure of the image is most important, resulting in striking visual arrangements like the perfect symmetry of an arched bridge and its reflection, or a cottage dwarfed by trees.
“I think there is a deep longing for tranquil naturalness among people in our techonology-driven environment,” Schönberger says. “Therefore I don’t want to show just potrayals of natural scenes—I want to create visually accessible places where the visitor can virtually put his mind at rest and make up his own stories. Possibly this is the real benefit of my work: Resting places for the eyes in an visually overstimulated world.”
Check out some of these eerie images below.