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Birgit Potthoff

Featured Photographer

Birgit Potthoff

I have followed a path into a world of miniature ice photography. The new landscapes I discover have parallels with the fundamental biological structures of life and the part that humans play in the universe. The images reveal the beauty of structure and colour included in ice; a quiet world of cold and solitude. This approach to image-making can open your mind and foster an intimate relationship with the natural world.

I live in Hamm, Germany with my husband and our 3 children. Increasingly I find there is more time to go out with my camera, to plan exhibitions and to present my “Icescapes”.


Michéla Griffith

In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.


I find it refreshing to look at the way that other photographers approach image making, and the small things that each of us finds fascinating. For those with a less location-based approach to their photography, curiosity is perhaps the most important trait that a person can have. It drives us to experiment, to play, and it also leads us to persevere and see how far down the path we can travel.

Can you tell readers a little about yourself – your education, early interests and career?

I am passionate about nature photography. I try to spend every free minute outside to capture the beauty of nature with my camera. The study of architecture at the University of Aachen, Germany and the resulting three-dimensional mode of thinking has made a lasting effect on my handling of the camera.

When did you first become interested in photography and what subjects or styles attracted you initially?

All my life I have been interested in art and technology. Photography allows me to combine both interests. I am in a permanent learning process. My inner mood, the location, weather conditions and available light all direct the result. 

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