The Watthof Essentials

Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography

The Watthof Essentials

 

I think it was pure curiosity that led me to Sylt for the first time many years ago. I have seen and felt many magical places around the world on my productions. Initially, I wouldn’t maybe have thought that there could be such an idyllic and quiet place in Germany too. Back then I was looking for a suitable setting for the production of my OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM illustrated book on the one hand but also a place that should serve as a sanctuary at the same time. Having explored the whole island and compared numerous different alternatives in individual portraits, I finally chose the Watthof… and have also not regretted it to this day. My encounter with the Watthof initially began as a result of the pertinent facts, but ultimately it turned into a close friendship… or even more, a family.

You wake up in the morning with the sun already streaming through the window and the sound of birds chirping… and nothing else, no cars, no lawnmowers, just peaceful silence. The view through the window over the mud flats reinforces this and gives you a feeling of endlessness.

Walking through the house, through the lounge onto the patio for breakfast, your first thought is, “something is missing here”… and there is actually something that you won’t find here – distraction. The sunshades are clean without being covered in advertising for the local brewery, no sponsored menus, no eye-catching special offers for the spa… everything is reduced to the essentials. At this point you are allowed to ask the question but how can that be possible. Even on the most remote Caribbean island you will find sunshades and adverts for soft drink producers with the consumer world’s subliminal messages, why was it any different here? You know why it is though at the latest after a chat over breakfast with the house owners, Ulrike and Uwe – they remain true to themselves, Sylt remains true to itself.

To sum up: It is in fact a unique and magical place with just as unique people who keep this magic alive and celebrate it. A place of tranquillity and peace, that’s Sylt for me and Sylt for me is the Watthof!

Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography
Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography
Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography
Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography
Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography
Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography


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