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Thomas Windisch

After serving as career soldier and working as an ISP-technician (later on as trainer & coach), he found his calling in photography in 2013. His desire to discover abandoned places and capture their beauty is what drives his passion as a photographer. Since 2015 he and his work has been regularly featured in TV and print media. In 2019, his first book (Wer hat hier gelebt?) has been published by Brandstätter Verlag. His work has already been featured in a variety of exhibitions in Austria, Germany, France and Croatia.


Thomas Windisch and the art of photography have not been acquainted for a long time, however, they have rapidly established a very special and privileged relationship. Together, they capture the trails of time and tragic beauty in decay whilst also granting an eerie glimpse into a future where man no longer exist.

With an exceptionally personal touch and great passion, Thomas Windisch takes pictures of places, buildings and objects once wanted by men, which then became unwanted and abandoned until finally, the forces of nature started to erase the undesired human creations and take back the space, which once was theirs.

Capturing traces of decay, or rather, the objectification of being unwanted, and finding moralizing motives whilst also showing the beauty in decay is the mission Windisch chose to live for.

One of his latest tours to Chernobyl, where he hunted for motives in the radioactive zone, exceptionally well begs the question “and all for what?”. Like all his pictures, the ones taken there also serve a didactic purpose, as they exemplify the human desire to create and to destroy at the same time. Photographs that were taken in such a way, which developed through this special hunt, are essays about the symbiosis of light and moment, a philosophical message about the hands of time and our own changes.

His highly aestheticized pictures, also convey a political message – a message about responsibility, a vision for a sustainable future and warning of our own consumerism. In times of global warming and climate change, one cannot help but to conceive his photographs as windows, not only to the past, but also to our own created future, where man is no more.

In that way, his artworks become a memento of ourselves – our erratic and unreliable nature, which is prone to a variety of opinions and influences. With every glance we take at his photographs, we are reminded that we are just human beings, who in order to grow, need to make mistakes, accept them and learn from them.

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