Meet Christian Klepp

Geoscientist and Photographer Dr. Christian Klepp


Meet Christian Klepp

Being a postdoctoral geoscientist working on climate system research, I define myself even more as a passionate landscape photographer based out of Hamburg, Germany. Endowed by unbridled curiosity ever since, my deep seeded love for pristine nature led me to study meteorology and geology to understand nature’s causalities of how our planet works. The aim to capture and share intimate moments of nature’s beauty paired with documenting the environments geological formation provides me with unlimited energy to constantly challenge my photographic horizon, to help protect the environment and to educate awareness of the Earth system.

Of particular personal fascination is a landscape's view beneath the starscape of the Milky Way. My mobile astronomical mount that compensates the Earth's rotation, allows me to capture point-like stars during long exposure times with negligible image noise. What's more, stars not visible to the naked eye are readily captured by the camera's sensor to produce breath-taking stellar displays.

My award-winning images can be seen in galleries of international exhibitions and photo award displays as well as in book contributions, online and printed magazines including interviews. Several photo prices and grand winner awards include the Trierenberg Super Circuit of Austria, the Al Thani Award for Photography in Qatar, the Portuguese Memorial Maria Luisa Award, the Russian Global Arctic Award and German Glanzlichter Awards. I was selected for a double-page book contribution to National Geographic’s “Stunning Photographs” and my images are displayed for already three consecutive years in the travelling exhibition of the Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg. Furthermore, my images were presented at the EXPO World Exhibition in Shanghai, China. The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg is using my images on their webpage and in their 2020 VISION strategic plan document. I self-published a book that comprises my photographic work along with the geoscientific documentation behind the sceneries. Recently, two of my images are used for the CD cover artwork of Seasurfer’s new album.

Artist's Statement

I hold our planet's beauty extremely near and dear to my heart. Geoscience augmented with photography holds the key to both deciphering as well as sharing these majestic stories written in stone. On a human time scale of 100 years, we experience occasional earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides or volcano eruptions. However, on geological time scales of many millions of years, this expresses into huge rock cycles that are at play acting both horizontally and vertically. All of them are driven by heat generated in the Earth's interior. Remarkably, all of these deep-time processes are written in the rocks lying beneath our feet, forming the variety of landscapes we see today. Picking up a rock and reading its eventful geologic history inevitably leads to a deep respect and awe. That's why deciphering the geological history of a landscape is among the most fascinating adventures of our times. My innate drive is to first understand the geological past of a landscape and then transform that understanding into my unique style of inspirational photography. This ability to stir emotions in others through imagery truly is a wonderful gift.

Being in love with our planet's breathtaking beauty defines me and the way I live. Working in the field of satellite remote sensing and onboard research ships across the globe's oceans, I see no territories, no countries and no borders. Rather, all I see is one fragile planet that is home to each and every one of us. Documenting the Earth’s unparalleled beauty through photography and accompanying geo-scientific explanations of how the planet perpetually evolves over eons evokes a greater awareness and appreciation of just how precious our planet's remaining wilderness is and how much it calls to be protected from human exploitation. Bearing witness to the rapid and extensive destruction of these last bastions of beauty, I can't over-emphasize just how desperately we need to expand our respect for nature and in turn protect, preserve and expand the remaining sanctuaries of our fragile natural world.

I cordially invite you to follow me to some of the most beautiful places on Earth and to read about the amazing geology that created these landscapes.

Geoscientist and Photographer Dr. Christian Klepp