The word wanderlust has its origins in German, in which wandern means “to hike or roam,” and lust translates as “pleasure or delight.” It describes a sense of longing – to travel, adventure, discover. Julia Nimke is a Berlin-based commercial and lifestyle photographer whose works ooze this feeling. The artist documents locations across the world through a signature use of light, colour and framing.
Nimke’s images are simultaneously awe-inspiring and peaceful. A mountain hut on Switzerland’s Matterhorn, for example, glimmers yellow in the dark – welcoming travellers out of the cold. Yet the building remains overshadowed by ominous rocky peaks, towering skyward. The Matterhorn is believed to be the most-photographed mountain in the world, and offers a notoriously difficult climb.
Elsewhere, Nimke documents lush foliage, winding roads and soaring trees. Often expertly framed by car windows, doorways or other thresholds, her scenes bring the outside indoors – gracing the pages of Time Out and Lufthansa Magazine. This body of work brims with delicate portraits, expansive landscapes and zoomed-in details, painting a rich picture of our world – and what it means to stray from the beaten path.
All images courtesy Julia Nimke.