Elisabeth Weinek is a rare book dealer who lives and works in Salzburg. She holds a doctorate in German and Romance languages from the University of Salzburg. During longer stays abroad in France, Portugal, Tunisia and Sri Lanka, she discovered the power of photography as a medium for storytelling.

For many years I have regularly visited the Fuschlsee and its surroundings. It's a place where I like to go to find peace and tranquillity as I look over the water. Indeed, this lake has become a magical metaphor for my life: it is exciting and relaxing at the same time. As much I love the desert, I need the lake. Both rhythms drive the way I think. Immeasurably.

I find painting with light, soft contours, and blurred silhouettes, the soft edges of the landscape after a summer downpour, this painterly facet of photography that begins to approach abstraction fascinating.

Photography is the art of showing more than one sees with the naked eye, capturing the ephemeral moment barely seen, or allowing a change of perspective. Photos of fine details and wide landscape shots alike can offer creative glimpses into things that are surprising and unusual, perplexing, eerie, irritating or enchanting. Trust the view. Nature, concentrated perception, mindfulness all work to change the sense, direction and philosophy of my life.

My thoughts are what I see and what I see is what I think about. All transformation is an inkling and every inkling transforms. Photography captures this process. And then there are the dreams that get added to the mix. Sometimes I wake up full of pictures...