The 2019 edition of BLUESCAPE featured young Tyrolean landscape photographer Torsten Mühlbacher. We wanted to learn more about the winsome guy with the shy smile and met him for our Q&A.
How did you become a photographer?
It began in early youth, in the “old style” – with analogue photography on film. My fascination with photography persisted into the age of digital photography. Since 2012 I have been working part-time as a professional photographer.
How would you describe your photographic style?
My pet issue is landscape photography. I try to keep it as natural as possible. I hardly ever use photoshopping.
Iphone photography – grace or disgrace?
Iphones have become really good. With good light the pictures are quite okay. Once you decide to go into detail, however, you notice the difference 🙂
Who or what inspires you?
Nature inspires me. The change of seasons, from winter to spring, from summer to autumn. You keep finding new, nonrecurring and unique atmospheres.
What is your favourite picture and why?
Good question. This is subject to change – perhaps I’ll take my new favourite photo tomorrow?! An all-time favourite is the boat [Bluescape edition No. 3] and a picture I took in Sweden with the landscape mirrored in a lake.
You have been to Sweden more than 10 times. Why Sweden?
Why Sweden … somehow I enjoy the rather quaint scenery. It contrasts strongly with the Tyrolean landscape. I love the vastness, the sea surf, the rolling hills, the huge forests and the crystal clear lakes. And there are the cinnamon buns, of course :-).
What does “water” mean to you?
It is an element I love to include in my pictures. Especially when there is no wind the reflection of the landscape in the water has a dreamlike, breathtaking quality.
Water photography – what is the challenge?
Water is multifaceted, ranging from the turbulent sea surf to a raging current to a lake’s surface as smooth as a mirror. It is always a challenge to make water look good in pictures.
You live in Tyrol – what is your favourite waterside location?
Again and again I am fascinated with Berglsteinersee – especially in autumn.
What is on your photography bucket list?
I hope to keep travelling – the North still has plenty to offer ;-).
Torsten’s wonderful landscapes are just the right thing to decorate your living room wall? The photographer is looking foward to your request and is happy to inform you about all pictures up for sale!