This image was taken on Feb. 26th 2022, as Russia was in their first days of invasion into Ukraine. It is the only composition I was able to do during my 5-night stay in the Black Forest in Germany. The location wasn’t all that ideal as there was artificial light everywhere, and night-time temperatures made sure you were serious about going out at all. The temperature here was about -5°C with wind chill on top. I had scouted out the location in the afternoon and it also suited an idea that I’ve been meaning to try, some kind of “the way to heaven”. It was also the first time after a long pause in doing astrophotography, so there was this buzz for me just like before playing a concert. That excitement made me forget about the bitter cold despite all the waiting, whether it was for the camera to do its job or for airplanes to disappear from the field of view. I felt incredible moments of peace and relief as the icy winds howled past my face.
“Path to Peace” is a composition where overwhelming feelings of peace, fear, and hope all culminate together into one expression. I actually didn’t think much about the composition afterwards and felt like it was just something nice to add to my portfolio. As the war continues to unfold, I realized how symbolic that session was and that it will always have a deep meaning for me. May this provide you with the same solace I was able to experience that night and remind us that we are under one sky.
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