Pictures taken during a snowy vacation in Pernegg. “Path To Silence” is a hiking path in that area, it was the perfect title for the project.

The idea for “Path to Silence” popped up during a week of feasting in Kloster Pernegg, Lower Austria. The weather was really awful, it did snow most of the time. Sitting around and doing nothing for a week is also not for me, so I just had to get out. I took my IR converted camera and used the opportunity to take pictures of the muted landscape. When hiking after the snowfall through the forest, the first thing I noticed was this nearly unreal silence. It did perfectly match the landscape though, and it was a really impressive experience.

Not a lot of people were out, and it was possible to hike for hours without seeing any other person. The landscape did present itself mostly in black and white, so the output format was a logical choice. Also, with the snow covering most of the normally visible fine details, I was after pictures with a minimalist style. Let me know if you like the results.

1.Why the name “Path to Silence”?

The project name is based on the name of a hiking path in that area: “Weg zur Stille” (in German). It is supposed to remind people that silence is something we do not experience very often these days. I felt this would be the perfect title for the pictures.

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Robert is an enthusiast amateur photographer from Austria with a preference for black & white and infrared photography. He is an active member of the Austrian Association of Wildlife and Nature Photography (VTNÖ). In his spare time, he likes to take pictures and write about various photographic topics. More about Robert.