August 12, 2022

Swiss explorer and photographer Stefan Forster admits that he’s no stranger to dodging alligators and mountaineering for weeks in pursuit of the proper photograph.

And a formidable new photobook exhibits that his efforts repay handsomely.

Taken throughout 10 years and 60 photograph excursions and expeditions, Chasing Gentle, revealed by teNeues, showcases a few of his best-ever pictures, taken in among the world’s most distant and difficult locations.

And they’re breathtaking.

The 150-plus pictures within the tome showcase uncommon climate occasions in unique locations, once-in-a-lifetime animal scenes and Mom Nature at her most ferocious, in places from Africa to Iceland. 

Within the foreword to his e-book Forster writes: ‘I paddled by kayak alongside the west coast of Greenland; camped within the forests of Alaska and Canada; climbed volcanoes with out permission; [and] waited, shivering with frost, for months to see an aurora. Our planet has limitless fascinations. I’ve gathered a photographic report of nature’s unparalleled magnificence.’ Scroll down for a sneak peek at among the most astounding pictures from the e-book. 

This dramatic picture exhibits Iceland‘s Fagradalsfjall volcano. Forster stated: ‘The true majesty and energy of Iceland‘s Fagradalsfjall volcano solely turns into obvious from the air. This panorama was assembled on the finish of June 2021 from 22 particular person pictures to point out one of many volcano’s most violent eruptions because it first grew to become lively in March. Giant portions of lava flowed into the encompassing valleys for greater than 16 hours’

This stunning picture of the evasive Northern Lights was taken in Narsarsuaq, Greenland. Forster remembers: 'Effectively, everything was perfect on this particular night. Low tide had opened a path to the icebergs, the sea surface was a mirror in the calm air, and the Northern Lights were glowing directly behind this transparent iceberg. Probably the most beautiful aurora borealis of my lifetime'

This gorgeous image of the evasive Northern Lights was taken in Narsarsuaq, Greenland. Forster remembers: ‘Successfully, the whole lot was excellent on this explicit evening. Low tide had opened a path to the icebergs, the ocean floor was a mirror within the calm air, and the Northern Lights have been glowing straight behind this clear iceberg. Most likely probably the most lovely aurora borealis of my lifetime’

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In the book, Forster acknowledges that this shot is probably the rarest photograph he'll ever take in his lifetime. He explains: 'Here come the heaviest rains in decades over the Wolwedans dunes in Namib-Naukluft National Park, and I’m in the centre of the action with my camera. All told it took me eight trips to Namibia before I finally caught up with rain'

Within the e-book, Forster acknowledges that this shot might be the rarest {photograph} he’ll ever absorb his lifetime. He explains: ‘Right here come the heaviest rains in many years over the Wolwedans dunes in Namib-Naukluft Nationwide Park, and I’m within the centre of the motion with my digicam. All informed it took me eight journeys to Namibia earlier than I lastly caught up with rain’

'This spot on Langisjor, a lake on the Icelandic plateau, is a personal refuge for me,' Forster writes in the book. 'I walked its shores for weeks, camped atop a peak by myself and looked out into the distance. This aerial image consists of 16 individual exposures taken in the summer of 2016 and stitched together into a panoramic image'

‘This spot on Langisjor, a lake on the Icelandic plateau, is a private refuge for me,’ Forster writes within the e-book. ‘I walked its shores for weeks, camped atop a peak on my own and appeared out into the gap. This aerial picture consists of 16 particular person exposures taken in the summertime of 2016 and stitched collectively right into a panoramic picture’

This luminous image was taken at the Vatnajokull ice cap in Iceland where Forster says: 'Thanks to a tripod and long exposure times it’s possible photographically to capture daylight shimmering through the glaciers'

This luminous picture was taken on the Vatnajokull ice cap in Iceland the place Forster says: ‘Because of a tripod and lengthy publicity occasions it’s potential photographically to seize daylight shimmering via the glaciers’

Pictured is the Studlagil Canyon in northeastern Iceland. Forster explains: 'The first pictures of this canyon, formed by basalt columns, hit the Internet a few years ago. Photographers were fascinated by their surreal shapes, so it’s not surprising that a few years later, Studlagil Canyon became one of the most frequently photographed places in northeastern Iceland'

Pictured is the Studlagil Canyon in northeastern Iceland. Forster explains: ‘The primary photos of this canyon, shaped by basalt columns, hit the Web just a few years in the past. Photographers have been fascinated by their surreal shapes, so it’s not shocking that just a few years later, Studlagil Canyon grew to become probably the most continuously photographed locations in northeastern Iceland’

In the book, Forster explains how this image was taken in Alaska on one of the greatest adventures of his life. He writes: 'Together with one of Switzerland’s best-known bear experts, Remo Sommerhalder, I hung out with the grizzly bears in Katmai National Park for ten days. Because we were the first photographers flown into these isolated coves after the hard winter, we had the enormous bears all to ourselves. The landscape is breathtaking all on its own, but the bears in the foreground are the icing on the cake'

Within the e-book, Forster explains how this picture was taken in Alaska on one of many best adventures of his life. He writes: ‘Along with one among Switzerland’s best-known bear specialists, Remo Sommerhalder, I frolicked with the grizzly bears in Katmai Nationwide Park for ten days. As a result of we have been the primary photographers flown into these remoted coves after the arduous winter, we had the big bears all to ourselves. The panorama is breathtaking all by itself, however the bears within the foreground are the icing on the cake’

'Had I planned this image of wild muskox on the Greenland ice sheet, I might have spent years waiting for this moment,' Forster explains. 'I got this image far away from civilisation during the course of hours executing my approach of a large herd of muskox. I must have gotten too close, for the cows formed a kind of protective wall around the calves. The symmetry of this wall could not have been better'

‘Had I deliberate this picture of untamed muskox on the Greenland ice sheet, I might need spent years ready for this second,’ Forster explains. ‘I acquired this picture distant from civilisation through the course of hours executing my method of a big herd of muskox. I should have gotten too shut, for the cows shaped a form of protecting wall across the calves. The symmetry of this wall couldn’t have been higher’

This image was taken in the snow-drenched hills of St Gallen in Switzerland. Forster reveals: 'When winter comes, the rolling hills of the St Gallen highlands are transformed into gorgeous white snowy dunes. Many deciduous tree species are found here in a very small area, each spaced precisely the same distance apart. Everything came together the day this photo was taken: fresh, deep snow and fog just touching the tops of these three trees'

This picture was taken within the snow-drenched hills of St Gallen in Switzerland. Forster reveals: ‘When winter comes, the rolling hills of the St Gallen highlands are reworked into beautiful white snowy dunes. Many deciduous tree species are discovered right here in a really small space, every spaced exactly the identical distance aside. Every thing got here collectively the day this photograph was taken: contemporary, deep snow and fog simply touching the tops of those three timber’