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December 2020: Extension of my photo exhibition until 25 February 2021

My photo exhibition is well received and due to the high popularity, it will be prolonged until 25 February 2021 in the Lokstedter Bürgerhaus in Hamburg.

I am very delighted about this response and the appreciation I have received for my work and would like to thank all those who have visited the exhibition so far. I would also like to thank the Bürgerhaus for supporting art in these difficult times. It is overwhelming to observe how much the beauty of our planet touches the hearts of people!

I personally guide individual tours with one additional household after registration by email to mail@christianklepp.com. Guided tours are available on Thursdays and Fridays from 18:00 onwards and on the weekends all day long.

Bürgerhaus Lokstedt
Sottorfallee 9
22529 Hamburg

Photo exhibition of Christian Klepps photographs in Hamburg

The exhibition shows 21 of my latest photographs in gallery quality up to two meters in size as well as some of my personal favorites.

I am looking forward to welcoming you personally to the Bürgerhaus. Celebrate with me the beauty of our planet!

Cordially,

Christian Klepp


November 2020: Visit my Photo Exhibition in Hamburg until 17 December

The Corona lockdown starting on 2 November 2020 unfortunately forced me to cancel my second vernissage on 6 November. Fortunately however, it is still possible to enjoy my photo exhibition. To make this happen I will offer individual free tours. To enjoy your private vernissage and having me as your personal guide please register by emailing to mail@christianklepp.com. It is allowed to show up with a maximum of nine people that belong to a single household!

The photo exhibition is on display until 17 December 2020 and tours can be offered frequently. The admission is free.

Bürgerhaus Lokstedt
Sottorfallee 9
22529 Hamburg

Photo exhibition of Christian Klepps artworks in Hamburg

The exhibition shows 23 of my latest photographs in gallery quality up to two meters in size as well as some of my personal favorites.

I would be very glad if you use this opportunity to maintain art displays and to support artists in these difficult times.

Cordially,

Christian Klepp

****THE VERNISSAGE ON 6 NOVEMBER IS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE CORONA LOCKDOWN***




Oktober 2020: Vernissage of my Photo Exhibition in Hamburg!

I would like to share a few impressions of the vernissage of my solo photo exhibition in Hamburg on October 23, 2020 in the Bürgerhaus Lokstedt with you! We celebrated the beauty of our planet and had very inspiring conversations about the photographs, the stories behind the scenery and the planet. Although a vernissage with masks and social distancing is a challenge we had a great time!

Many thanks to all who were present and especially to Christin Döring and Dr. Jessica Engels from the Bürgerhaus Lokstedt community center, Dr. Jessica Engels for the nice welcoming and introduction words, Dr. Jörg Burdanowitz for the continuous support with the logistics, Tala Mohajeri for the photos and videos as well as Jason Engelbart for his support.

Vernissage of the photo exhibition of Christian Klepps in Hamburg

The entrance room shows the two 130 cm wide photographs "Shark Bay Symphony" and "The Wild Embracing Silence".

Vernissage of the photo exhibition of Christian Klepps in Hamburg

In the third room the 100 cm sized photographs "The Subway", "Crystal Beach" and "Paintings with Light" are displayed.

Vernissage of the photo exhibition of Christian Klepps in Hamburg

In the second room the 200 cm wide photograph "Reconnecting to Earths Spirit" is displayed, showing the Grand Canyon during a monsoon storm. The photograph is framed by artist Jason Engelbart (left) and photographer Christian Klepp (right).

Vernissage of the photo exhibition of Christian Klepps in Hamburg

Jason Engelbart contemplates the 90 cm and 150 cm large photographs "Karijini's Pool of Time Travel" and "The Wild Unknown" in the entry room.

The exhibition shows 23 of my latest photographs as well as some of my personal favorites.

On 6 November there will be a second vernissage to which I cordially invite you! The exhibition is open until 17 December 2020.


October 2020: Visit my Photo Exhibition in Hamburg!

I cordially invite you to join the vernissage of my solo photo exhibition in Hamburg on Friday, 23 October 2020, 19:30 in the Bürgerhaus Lokstedt and to celebrate with me the beauty of our planet!


Please register via email to join the vernissage at info@buergerhaus-lokstedt.de
The admission is free and the exhibition is open until 17 December.

Bürgerhaus Lokstedt
Sottorfallee 9
22529 Hamburg

The exhibition displays 24 gallery-quality prints of my newest works up to 2 m in size and a selection of my personal favorite images.

If Hamburg is out of reach for you I will post images of the exhibition here and on my social media channels so you can join the event remotely.

I look greatly forward of welcoming you on 23 October, and please do not forget to register by email!

All the very best,

Christian Klepp


Visit the Vernissage of my Photo Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany

Artists Statement

I photograph pristine landscapes and nighttime starscapes because I love to capture and share these intimate moments of nature's beauty. With my geoscientific background, I blend them with the majestic stories written in the ancient rocks that lie at our feet. My artworks are an amalgamation of reviving our collective awareness for how precious and unique our home planet is.

I continuously push my camera equipment beyond its technical limits to capture images in ways unseen before. I photograph multi-row multi-image panoramas and use my mobile star-tracking device to convey the sheer vastness of the landscapes and the arc of the Milky Way twinkling above a nighttime landscape. This continuous learning process yields ultra-high resolution images that allow for printing in highest gallery quality with no image noise or loss in sharpness. My star-tracking device prevents star trailing and allows photographing myriads of pointy stars with six-minute exposures. A Milky Way arc landscape panorama takes about seven hours to shoot.

In my shooting process, I meticulously plan my images, explore the remote wilderness for locations and plan image composition. Patiently waiting for this fleeting moment of magical light requires dedication and frequent revisits to the location. Some of my images fell into existence only after five years of continuous failed attempts. The moment when finally all conditions align for that perfect display of light, I become so overwhelmed with emotions and feel so deeply connected with Earth’s spirit that I do not even realize how the images fall into existence. It just happens as if it would happen through me.

I hope that this extra dimension radiates from my images. These photographs are my love poem to our planet and I want them to evoke the bliss of that moment.


July 2019: Seasurfer Live on Stage in Ilmenau supported by Christian Klepp

A light show with artwork projections by Christian Klepp from Lightyears Photography was presented at the Seasurfer concert in Baracke 5 in Ilmenau, Germany, on 6 July 2019. Seasurfer is the Hamburg based Dreampunk and Dreampop band around mastermind Dirk Knight.



The video shows the Seasurfer concert in Ilmenau, Germany on 6 July 2019 with Dirk Knight on the guitar together with singers Apolonia (middle) and Julila (in the foreground) performing their song "Stay Now" with my yet unrelased new image called "Flaming Dunes" taken in Nambung, Western Australia. The image to the right shows my Icelandic ice cave photography called "The Crystal Grotto" projected in the background of the Seasurfer concert.


April 2019: Christian Klepp supports Seasurfer Live on Stage in Porto

The Seasurfer concert in the Hard Club in Porto, Portugal, on 7 April 2019 featured a light show with artwork projections by Christian Klepp. Seasurfer is a Hamburg based Dreampunk and Dreampop band.



The video shows Seasurfer performing their song "We Run" in Porto, Portugal, with my yet unrelased new image called "The Ghost Coast". This photography is taken on the Reykjanes peninsula on Iceland at dusk. The very long exposure blurs the high waves crashing ashore into a ghostly patterns that nicely contrasts to the black volcanic basalt boulders and rock spires. Mastermind Dirk Knight performs on the guitar while Apolonia (middle) and Julila (right) are adding their angelic vocals.


January 2019: Lightyears Live on Stage with Seasurfer

Where Is My Mind? presents: SEASURFER meets LIGHTYEARS Live in Hamburg 29 March 2019.

Christian Klepp presents images live in concert with Seasurfer

Artist and landscape photographer Christian Klepp from Lichtjahre is supporting the Seasurfer concert with projections presenting his images of the Milky Way and nightime landscapes under the stars.

Nambung pinnacles with the Milky Way Mt. Blanc and Lac Cheseries under the Milky Way

Seasurfer are often referred to as Cocteau Twins 2.0. Now a featured album with guest singer Elena Alice Fossi from Kirlian Camera will be released, followed in summer by the next longplayer with their own singers Apolonia and Änni Bird. The sound of Seasurfer is Dreampunk and Dreampop with electronic sounds and their very own noise.

All 2019 Seasurfer concerts in Hamburg, Porto and Ilmenau are underlined by the artwork of photographer Christian Klepp from LightYears.


November 2018: TV interview with Christian Klepp

Deutsche Welle is broadcasting the Lichtjahre interview with Christian Klepp on their TV format Euromaxx and are also presenting seven of my images on their Facebook page.

"Lightyears - Where Geoscience Meets Art: Christian Klepp is actually a geoscientist, but as a photographer, nature also fascinates him. He travels all over the world to remote places to photograph cliffs, canyons, mountains and glaciers. But the motif alone is not enough for him: he always wants to photograph the spectacular landscapes in a special light. The result: almost too beautiful to be true!"

Christian Klepp on the Deutsche Welle Facebook page


March 2018: Live TV interview and film with Christian Klepp

See me again on TV, this time in a live interview about Lichtjahre, Friday, 16 March, 16:15 on the NDR channel in the format called Mein Nachmittag. The German film is entitled "Aufn Schnack mit Naturfotograf Christian Klepp".

Christian Klepp interview on the German TV station Deutsche Welle Euromaxx.

The Northern German TV station NDR broadcasted a 3:50 minute documentation film about me and my Lichtjahre photography project on Monday 5 March 2018 in their talk show format called DAS! The Lichtjahre film is embedded in an interview with special guest, Dirk Steffens, from the German TV nature documentation Terra X - Faszination Erde on ZDF (Second German TV channel). Please note, that it is in German language. Many thanks to Sara Makus and the film team for this great opportunity and amazing experience.

Christian Klepp interview on the German TV station Deutsche Welle Euromaxx.



Together with the NDR TV crew we produced a Lichtjahre - Where Geoscience Meets Art - documentation film! I am very excited about that! We had a very enjoyable but freezing cold day with the NDR film team at the North Sea beach of St. Peter Ording, Northwestern Germany. The film contains the story of Lichtjahre, the making of an image, an interview, stories behind the images and of course many of my images. Many thanks to Sara, Dirk and Thorsten for the awesome day!




January 2018: TV film about OceanRAIN

The Northern German TV station NDR produced a 3:50 minute documentation film about my OceanRAIN project and broadcasted it on 17 January 2018 in their talk show format called DAS! with special guest Sven Plöger. The film was produced onboard the German research icebreaker Polarstern in October 2017. Please note, that it is in German language. Many thanks to Sara Makus and the film team for this great opportunity and amazing experience.




November 2017: TV Interview with Christian Klepp

The Initiative Pro Klima by Mabanaft is funding my OceanRAIN project since 10 years! They are highly decidated to protect the environment and to support research. In doing so, they are also recurrently supporting reforrestation projects in the vicintiy of Hamburg, Germany. On 11 November I had the honor to join the planting activity of another 5000 trees in the Klövensteen forest. A film about the reforrestation was produced that day explaining the importance of forests and their ability to store water. I contributed an interview in highlighting the importance of the global water cycle and its impact on local ecosystems. Please note, that it is in German language. Many thanks to Tanja Thiele, marketing manager of Mabanaft for the joyful day and experience.




October 2017: OceanRAIN conference presentaion by Christian Klepp

In this YouTube video I am providing a 25 minute overview presentation on my scientific profession, the OceanRAIN project. It was recorded during the World Meteorological Organizatiopn (WMO) International Conference on Automatic Weather Stations (ICAWS) at the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach, Germany in October 2017. OceanRAIN, the Ocean Rain And Ice-phase precipitation measurement Network, is the first systematic and comprehensive data collection of rain and snowfall from eight research vessels operating over the global oceans. Moreover, OceanRAIN provides all water cycle parameters as well as meteorological and oceanographic parameters along the ship tracks. The most important parameters are the evaporation (E), precipitation (P) and the resulting freshwater flux (E-P). The OceanRAIN data is mainly used to verify satellite-derived precipitation products of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) era by the NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) and JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Therefore, the OceanRAIN and GPM mission contributes to advancing our understanding of Earth's water and energy cycle.






February 2007: Lightyears show in Hamburg's Planetarium

LightYears Presentation
Presentations

Friday, 23 February 2007, 7:30pm, Presentation at the planetarium Hamburg

The planet is wild

We use to see our planet as a quiet and unchanging place. Occasional volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or tsunamis remind us upon the Earths inner activity. Barely noticed by humans, the planet constantly changes its appearance within geological space of times. Oceans and mountain ranges form and disappear, rivers carve out deep canyons, forest and glaciers alternate through the warm and cold periods of the ice ages. Events that cause marks - marks written in stones - that geologists can read like within a book. The meteorologist and geologist Dr. Christian Klepp shows and tells stories from Earths wild geologic history through nature photography from the most remarkable and beautiful places of our planet.





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