The Secret Face of Nature reveals the extraordinary variety of art-forms in nature. Here we enter another world created since the beginning of time and formed by extremes of weather such as wind, frost and shifting sands.
This is a journey into nature's mysteries, another world inhabited by mythological figures, trolls, giants, gods and anthropomorphic forms suggesting another dimension, more the substance of dreams and nightmares than pretty pictures in the landscape.
A keen walker and photographer, Jürgen Krönig became fascinated by the ancient sites and sacred landscapes of the British Isles. Out of this encounter with Britain and Ireland's rich prehistoric heritage, grew an insatiable search for remote landscapes, ancient monuments and the remnants of ancient civilisations.
Inspired by his friend, the author John Michell, who coined the word 'simulacra' to describe faces and forms in nature, he began to photograph this strange 'otherworld'. On his walks in remote mountains and moorlands, along coastlines and on top of cliffs, he became increasingly aware of the astonishing array of beautiful mysterious images, faces and figures created by nature. His travels took him from Nepal to Egypt and Mexico, from Ireland to Sardinia, Malta and the lesser known western Canary Isles.
With this book, Jürgen shows us the beauty that surrounds us, that nature is an unknown and unfairly ignored artist whose art is hidden and secretive, revealing itself only to those who can open their minds... What follows is wonder, then awe, and hopefully a change in humanity's ever-increasing industrialisation of the landscape.
Jürgen Krönig is a journalist, broadcaster, author and photographer. He has been the UK and Ireland correspondent for the German weekly Die Zeit since 1989. He has lived in England since 1984, first in London, then in Wiltshire since 1990 with his wife, Katharina, a textile designer. He works as a freelance author for TV and Radio as well as writing for various publications in Germany, Switzerland and England. He has written extensively about globalisation, the IT revolution, media conglomerates and environmental issues such as BSE. His photographs have been used for various books.