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Silent Morning in the Cypress Swamp
The mystical atmosphere and enchanting beauty in the works of art by Georg Popp fascinate the viewer immediately. The forests are like something out of a fairytale, they tell an imaginative story full of mystery. This exceptional charm is the product of the gifted landscape photographer’s patience and energy. His fine art captures extraordinary moments in familiar landscapes. His many years of experience and enormous enthusiasm for the Earth’s natural treasures enable him to make his vision a reality within his art.
The cypress forests are located in the deep south of the USA, in the swamps of Louisiana and Texas where snakes and alligators roam the waters, rarely disturbed by man. Slowly the special ecosystems formed there are being displaced, with little attention to the cause. These ecosystems are worthy of our protection, and Georg Popp’s art is bringing awareness to a larger public – the first step towards their protection. In his work, Popp illustrates the colors of autumn in the forest, which are accentuated by the dark tones of the water and wood. Popp captured these shots from his kayak. Many times, he would get out before sunrise and row through the murky waters to search for the best spots and best moments to shoot. Some days the morning mist was so dense that he could incorporate it into his works. Sometimes opportunities were lost because he couldn’t stabilize the tripod on the soft, unsteady ground. The work can be tedious, but he is always satisfied when he is finished because the pictures are very special, even for an experienced landscape photographer like himself. When he looks at them, he experiences the autumnal magic of the cypress forests, once again.
Georg Popp is a photographic artist and passionate globetrotter. He and his wife Verena have been traveling to beautiful and often unknown parts of the world since the 90s. They are always on the hunt for special moments and extraordinary landscapes that are difficult to find. The couple specialized in landscape photography early on in their careers, and always shot with analog cameras. They started their work in their native country, Austria. Together they have published six illustrated books and numerous works in magazines and publications.