By Jack Williams
This intrepid photographer has taken the art of the selfie to the next level, snapping his silhouetted self in front of the grand statements that exist across the natural world.
The likes of giant mountain ranges, tranquil ice waters and decaying rock faces showcase just how small and fragile mankind is in the face of nature – and this forms the basis behind Gustav Willeit’s breathtaking works.
When the surroundings are this powerful, Gustav said, the person seems almost lost in the landscapes themselves.
Gustav, 43, came up with the idea for this series having grown up around such large natural wonders.
The photographer is based in the Dolomites, Italy, and this environment provides the perfect backdrop for many of the images in Gustav’s series, PERAT II, which he continues to add to.
As well as his native countryside, Gustav has spontaneously taken shots while visiting the likes of the Canary Islands and Iceland.
Gustav said: “I wanted to underline how small the human being is, if compared to mountains, meadows and seas.
“I wanted to create a series which should be minimalistic, aesthetic and also a bit surreal.
“My works often give a sensation of lonesomeness and disorientation.
“It is important that the surroundings are powerful and that the person seems lost in the landscape.
“The feedback has been great – I think people like the lonely atmosphere they can see in the picture.”