SILVER AWARD: Tierwald #70

Photograph by

Frank Machalowski (Germany)

About this image

Is this fiction or reality?  This is the question underlying the series – the images provoke the viewer question what they see.  Is this rhino really living in the forest?  I was photographing deer in a forest in Germany when I had the idea of simulating the image with a more exotic species, and this led to the series. The forest in this picture is the famous 'Teutoburger Wald' in the middle of Germany and the rhino is from Berlin Zoo. The animal photographs in the series are mostly digital and the photographs of the forests are all analogue, taken on a medium format 6x6 camera and developed using traditional chemical processing, before scanning the negatives.