Two houseboats have been transformed to images studios

Two photographers reside what appears to be the dream, crusing across the canals and rivers of Europe on houseboats and connecting with different artists alongside the way in which.

The intricate hand-built houseboat that Claudius Schulze is crusing. Image: Kevin McElvaney /

Claudius Schulze from Germany and Maciej Markowicz from Poland set sail from Hamburg in November 2017 on their 2Boats mission. They have visited Amsterdam and Paris up to now, and plan to spend the spring in Berlin throughout which they’ll attend the Open Gallery Weekend. They will head again to Hamburg in June for town’s Triennial of Photography, as they’re ambassadors for this images honest.

The Obscurabus houseboat constructed by Maciej Markowicz. Image: Maciej Markowicz

Photographer and researcher Claudius Schulze constructed the “Eroberung des Unwahrscheinlichen” or “Conquest of the Improbable” as a floating photographic platform. When the mission started, he was already dwelling on the houseboat, which he remodeled right into a dwelling area. “The boat was built from scratch in Hamburg,” he says.

The within Claudius Schulzes houseboat, The Conquest of the Improbable. Image: Claudius Schulze/

“It’s a catamaran with FRP floaters that we built ourselves. Salvaged material was used wherever possible – for example, all the outside walls are built from scrap wood from the demolition of an old farm barn and all windows are obviously recycled as is the wood decking. The boat uses photo-voltaic power; there are solar panels installed on the roof. Water is filtrated from the water the boat floats in, and the toilet is a dry compost toilet.”

As Schulze’s photographic work focuses on the state of nature and the societal modifications brought on by local weather change, he sees the boat as an area the place he can develop and take a look at new ideas and concepts that can ultimately re-surface in his inventive work. Visitors are welcomed aboard to take part in a dialogue on imaginative and prescient, formation, creation and the setting, in addition to observe the artist’s images.

The early levels of the intricate hand-built houseboat that Claudius Schulze is crusing. Image:

Polish photographer and designer, Maciej Markowicz, is predicated in Berlin, and he works full-time on The Moving Camera mission. He makes use of big mobilised digicam obscuras (the Latin for darkish room) to look at the on a regular basis dynamics of water and concrete life. He exposes photographs straight onto large-scale sheets of photographic paper, creating direct-negative photographs with out movie or digital know-how. Visitors can see his distinctive projections and introduce themselves to his work inside his boat.

Maciej Markowicz in studio. Image: Maciej Markowicz

He constructed the boat, known as Obscurabus, along with his brother and buddy again in Poland, and has now coated 2400km whereas travelling via Europe. Maciej generally provides talks and river excursions on his boat that guests can expertise. “Since my boat is my studio and the working photographic laboratory/camera, it naturally has become my life,” he tells Lonely Planet.

Inside Maciej Markowicz’s Obscurabus houseboat. Image: Maciej Marlowicz

“It was very important for me to create plenty of space and light inside the living studio at the front to balance the working hours inside the camera room at the rear. I am a ‘less is more’ person so generally the interior is minimalistic – it’s like camping inside a giant camera.”

Claudius Schulze’s boat, “The Conquest of the Improbable.” Image: Claudius Schulze/

During their journey, each artists will likely be participating in a research of the setting, city life and images. They are all the time looking out for brand spanking new views and novel experiences. You can be taught extra and comply with their experiences right here and may take a look at Claudius Schulze’s web site right here and Maciej Markowicz’s web site right here.

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