Jürgen creates nightscapes and lightscapes, hauntingly beautiful views of captured time and deepened colors. Night and long exposure daytime photography transform the familiar and create serene views of our surrounding, revealing beauty in the mundane, which we often roam by rushing through the night, but rarely acknowledge in its beauty.
Jürgen Lobert is a Massachusetts-based fine art photographer born and raised in Germany. He received a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from Gutenberg University in Mainz before moving to the US in 1991.
Jürgen is a self-taught photographer who specializes in night photography and daytime long exposures as well as Urban Exploration and Infrared photography
Jürgen started taking photos in his early 20s, usually with borrowed equipment from his brother and father, Nikon and Yashika SLRs, mostly using color negative or slide film. He adopted digital cameras early on in the late 1990s for work-related activities and bought his first advanced point and shoot camera, an Olympus 3030, which enabled him to venture out and intensify his photo explorations. The first DSLR followed soon, a Nikon D70, which was upgraded to D200, D700, D4 and D750 models.
Much creativity was unleashed when Jürgen took a night photography course by Lance Keimig at the New England School of Photography in 2011, which provided him not only with the right approach to fully manual exposure, but also the much needed editing software Lightroom, eliminating the hurdle to learn Photoshop to do basic editing. Jürgen embraced night photography quickly, advanced his skills and quickly reached a point in 2012 where he started organizing night photo events for others through meetup groups, founding his own, the Greater Boston Night Photographers, in late 2013.
In parallel to organizing close to 50 photo shoots annually, he also started lecturing at camera clubs, serving as a photo competition judge and organizing professional workshops. Jürgen is an executive member of the Boston Camera Club, a member of the Stony Brook CC, the Photographic Society of America and the Professional Photographers of America.
According to Jürgen, there is a profound peace in roaming the nights in remote places. Capturing the element of time is an important part, where clouds become bands, cars are bright streaks in the roads, stars form trails in the sky and water smoothes over to a mirror finish. Night photos also capture the transformative and colorful nature of darkness and artificial lights, to create otherworldly, hauntingly beautiful and serene imagery.