Deutsche Windtechnik AG is a specialist in the technical maintenance of wind turbines. Over 1800 employees ensure that the wind turbines operate reliably around the clock, both onshore and offshore, throughout Europe, Taiwan and the USA. Dominik OBERTREIS ascended to dizzying heights for the client and had to first go back to school and take a climbing course for wind turbines to do so.
“My third shoot for Deutsche Windtechnik was planned exactly one year ago. It was supposed to take place on wind turbines in Texas first and a bit later offshore in the North Atlantic. In order to meet the strict safety requirements, I had to participate for over a week in special training courses in the areas of rope technique, climbing technique, survival in water, and safety on wind turbines. Unfortunately, Corona postponed the shoot in the US at first until fall, but in Germany, I was able to climb wind turbines near Husum and in the North Atlantic this summer,” Dominik tells GoSee.
“Preparing for the offshore shoot was harder than I had imagined... The swelling waves of the North Atlantic, the weather, availability of teams for shoots, and access to the turbines was not easy to synchronize at all. When it finally got started, the “light” swell on the long boot ride to get there turned out to be the biggest challenge for me. It didn’t get better until I finally started to climb the ladder of the wind turbine. It was the most remote and impressive place I have ever photographed. And I have complete respect for the workers who do their special job there come rain or shine. Texas is now on the agenda for the after Easter. I guess, we will see.”
The main focus of Dominik’s work is on staged and journalistic advertising photography. His works have received multiple World Press Awards, and Dominik is just as much at home in loud and gritty factory halls as he is in the executive boardroom. No matter where he photographs, he skillfully uses his talent for improvisation to create sceneries which have little in common with reality. The people person that he is, his subjects strike simple and natural poses for his camera as if they did nothing else every day.