Bernd Walz (born 1948) – studied biology and chemistry and obtained his PhD at the University of Heidelberg. He worked as a scientist and professor for zoology and animal physiology for more than 40 years at the Universities of Heidelberg, Ulm, Regensburg and Potsdam. He retired in 2013. Photography accompanied his whole professional life. Besides zoology and physiology he taught microscopical techniques and microphotography. Downstream 2006 photography became a real passion, a creative and artistic counterweight to his scientific work. Recently Bernd Walz concentrated more and more on fine-art landscape and waterscape photography as well as microphotography, exploring the artistic possibilities of a minimalistic approach
Says Bernd: This series of minimalistic images is from my landscape project Rural Areas. In our western world natural landscapes are shrinking and we experience the evolution of humanly transformed landscapes devoid of their natural biodiversity. Agricultural landscapes with their often vast fields appear boring and unattractive. But they my show a hidden charm for all those who enjoy the emptyness of open landscapes, a high sky, the geometric pattern of linear textures and the aesthetics of a geometrich patchwork of colors.