Art and illumination project

Stars for one night

Creative Lighting & Night Photography

 

Project Summary

The name “Stars für eine Nacht “(Stars for one Night) is a photography and art project. In the darkest stages of the night, subjects are stylishly illuminated with our own artificial lighting. The series of motifs includes monuments, natural wonders or iconic und specific locations throughout Germany and Europe. The only common ground is that they spend every night in complete darkness.

With our targeted lighting, we create stunning visual effects not possible with natural light alone. Creativity and a keen eye deliver totally unique and astonishing presentations of each one of our chosen locations. Subjects range from very small objects to entire mountains. For example, Zugspitze is Germany’s tallest mountain, standing nearly 10,000 meters high.

This project can be extremely complex. Many factors have to be accounted for, from technical planning, timing, positioning, and the intentional effects of long exposure photography. It’s a team project as well – with assistance coming from all over the world. In the end, each motif presents objects in a whole new light – as never seen before.

Unique. Magnificent. Just as “Stars for one night”.

Lake Eibsee with the illuminated Zugspitze – Germanys highest mountain. It showcases a 2,000 meter altitude from lake to summit. It was illuminated in summer 2017 from 3 different perspectives up to more than 3 miles  away.

Who is behind the project?

German photographer Andreas Weber is the creative mastermind behind Stars for One Night. Together with a select team of comrades of different professional backgrounds and nationalities, he plans and executes each project from beginning to end. The core team is supported by local business partnerships – all sharing a common passion for art, photography and adventure.

Contact

Andreas Weber
Tischbeinstr. 75 | D-34121 Kassel
www.stars-fuer-eine-nacht.de
www.fb.me/starsfuereinenacht
aw@stars-fuer-eine-nacht.de
Phone: +49 173 8921099

Monument Merkurtempel, part of the mountain park Wilhelmshöhe, Germany

The philosophy of the project

Familiar faces by day take on a whole new appearance at night. Places that everyone notices in the daylight often fade into dark anonymity at night. As the name of the project already suggests, these places, rarely observed at night, are snatched away from the clutches of darkness and placed in the limelight for this one moment. In this unfamiliar atmosphere, the recordings seem secretive and mystical.

Often the viewer is surprised by this unique presentation. He sees “his” object with a completely different identity – detached from what it is, or for what it was intended, and often detached from its history. The visuals set at nighttime conflict with their own memory of the place, causing the observer to rediscover the previously familiar object for himself. He will see his “Star for one night” during his next daytime visit with completely different eyes.

Edersee Atlantis

The Asel Bridge, german Edersee-Kellerwald National Park. Since 1914 it is usually 10 to 15 meters deep beneath the surface of Lake Edersee. During dry times, the reservoir sometimes reveals its flooded relics of Edersee-Atlantis, as here in November 2016.

How did the idea come about?

The idea for “Stars for one Night” originated in Reinhardswald forest north of Kassel, Germany. It was a late summer night in 2015 when the light cone of a car headlight shoved its way through the undergrowth. It was just a blink, but a wonderfully unique mood. From that moment on, Andreas Weber was captivated by the idea of ​​using his own light at night – Abducting objects just for a moment from the dark shroud of night and into his own creative universe.

After initial solo tests, he presented the concept to a select circle of friends. Meanwhile, he was able to inspire many colleagues and supporters for his idea. Since then, he has chartered team expeditions to more and more exotic locations throughout Germany and international.

Certainly one of the most famous trees of Germany, the “Kamineiche” (chimney oak) in the north Hessian Reinhardswald forest.

What’s next? Project Ambitions

Initially limited to our home in Kassel and Northern Hesse, the project has now been extended to other regions. Beginning in the winter of 2016/17, we traveled to Franconian Switzerland, followed by the Bavarian Alps, the Harz and other destinations spread across the Republic. We are targeting dozens of additional expeditions throughout the region. We are also collaborating with local and region experts as required. Many subjects cannot be realized without consultation, cooperation and coordination from local authorities.

Rakotz Bridge, Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau in the east of Saxony, Germany.

Technical & Creative Approach

Of course, we do not want to reveal all our secrets. Making photographs of this style is extremely complicated – from initial research to final implementation. There are innumerable external factors which are often out of our control. For example, weather, humidity or phases of the moon. The most important thing is an efficient, powerful, and highly targeted lighting on the subject. Executed correctly, the images come alive with the intended tone, depth and awe-inspiring composition.

The rock islands in lake Hintersee in front of Hochkalter in the Berchtesgaden Alps, cleared by a light curtain.

More pics you can see at our portfolio site (with german descriptions). If you have questions or suggestions please contact us, we are glad to get your feedback.

Post adresse: Andreas Weber | Tischbeinstr. 75 | D-34121 Kassel
Webseite: www.stars-fuer-eine-nacht.de
Facebook: www.fb.me/starsfuereinenacht
Mail: aw@stars-fuer-eine-nacht.de
Phone: +491738921099