Last Updated: November 12, 2014
In this showcase series we feature the wonderful Urbex Photography of Peter Untermaierhofer.
Peter gave an interview to Photophique:
I bought my first camera (Sony A300) during my studying in Media Technology in 2008 because i had some money left over. I have already had a photography lesson during my study before, but i wasn’t very interested in it because it was very boring. My own camera changed that completely and I learned photography by my self with reading and trying.
Can you tell us more about this Lost Places series?
It all started with HDR photography. I knew some lost places near my home and thought that they where perfect for this technique to get an even more exciting look. Nowadays, I can’t really look at the pictures from this time.
Way too much HDR and quite no skills in architecture photography. I did a study abroad semester in Australia where I had only photography lessons to enhance my skills in 2010. After that I made a photobook as my diploma and started my first Lost Places Tour through Germany in 2011. It took around 10 days and i slept in the trunk of my car.
This was very exciting, because until that moment i just shoot nearby lost places. This tour changed everything. On the internet read the first time about urban exploration and saw awesome pictures of even more awesome places which i wanted to shoot by myself. But as you can guess, they are mostly not easy to find. It’s often much research on the web, google maps and asking other photographer friends about hints.
What equipment do you use for your this series?
I started with a Sony A300. After that I used Sony A77 and changed to the Nikon D800 in 2013. I love the resolution of this camera, because in Lost Places you often have so many details and more resolution can capture more details on the ground, wall or whatever is in there.
When you print them in large formats you can stand in front of the pictures and find things you didn’t even see during capturing it.
This is so much fun finding new things in your pictures every time you look at them closer. Most of the time I use the Nikkor 14-24mm which is my absolute favourite lens. I also have a 24mm tilt shift lens where I can create up to 70 Megapixel images with shifting the lens. This is very nice but much work in post-processing because of stitching and HDR in combination.
Photophique has express permission to publish these images and Peter Untermaierhofer retains full copyright to all photographs featured in this showcase series.