For his latest project, nz trees, he hiked 1200 kilometers through the landscapes of New Zealand.
Six months with a tent and a backpack, from Cape Reinga in the North to Milford Sound in the South.
His goal was to capture the trees and forests of the country, their unique characteristics.
He wanted to photograph them where there are no more roads and houses.
His path took him through rainforests, across barren plateaus, along countless rivers that – if there were no bridges – had to be crossed in the water,
with all the equipment on his back. On some days he did not meet another human being.
In his high-contrast black and white photography, Nayhauss reduces the landscapes to the essential, to their rhythms and lines. In this way,
the images develop their own dynamics and graphic quality. For certain motifs, Nayhauss expands the pictorial space by mounting several shots together.
For other works, Nayhauss has shot close-ups of flowers and assembled them into a collage.
He has also used the reflections in mountain streams to create colorful compositions.
Most recently, Nayhauss travelled to Switzerland (Ticino) and Germany (Sächsische Schweiz), again with a rucksack, tent and camera.
Another focus of his work for over 20 years has been portraits of celebrities: actors, painters, musicians and writers .
Dirk von Nayhauss is based in Berlin. He has published seven books, including Extrem am Berg.
Nayhauss has been portraying politicians and artists for the German magazine chrismon since 2003.
He is represented by the photographey agency Focus .
2012 – Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
2013 – Bundesarchiv, Rastatt
2014 – Behörde des Bundesbeauftragten für die Stasi-Unterlagen, Dresden
2015 – Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung, Marienborn
2016 – Landtag Brandenburg, Potsdam