Kia Ora Aotearoa - The land of the long white cloud | Louis Ossig


New Zealand is no longer a secret location for travelers. Many people come every year to enjoy the country´s beauty. With all the mass tourism and profit organized tour companies, you might start to think that you miss out when not paying for the exclusive travels during the best weather conditions.

However I felt New Zealand´s spirit the most during my 7 months of work and travel when I opened myself to let the country surprise me. By accident I arrived with my car at the less known Cannibal Bay going originally to the more famous neighbour beach. Tired of driving I walked down the beach, firstly finding nothing than windy, cloudy, spitting weather. But then at the far end I discovered the sea lions peacefully sleeping just rolling from one side to the other.

Milford Sound is a famous touristy place when there is good weather. However the day I did a boat tour, deep hanging clouds,strong winds and rain were less welcoming. Disappointed at first, a local saved my day by telling me all Maori myths and traditions, pointing out that this uninviting weather is the real Milford Sound atmosphere.

New Zealand is famous for its huge numbers of sheep. As I hiked up to the Isthmus Peak I was surprised that the whole area was used for sheep. When I reached the top of the mountain I could take a photo of them in front of the panoramic view, before the anxious sheeps ran away.

Another place is Farewell Spit. It is a long thin sandbank in the north of the South Island. In its sand dunes one felt alone like in a desert, however the wave pattern in the sand reminded me of the nearby ocean. Besides vast landscapes New Zealand has some bigger towns. Rotorua is definitely one of the most interesting ones, as you can feel here more than anywhere else that New Zealand is the result of tectonic plates shifting. The town sits in the middle of a thermally active area. In the city´s park one could see a big hot pool with steam rising only 50m away from a big street.

Louis Ossig

My name is Louis Ossig. I am 20 years old from Berlin. I have been interested in art whilst growing up, appreciating the work of others and becoming inspired through visiting museums as a hobby.

With 14 years I saved and bought my first camera. Since then photography has been not just a hobby but also a thriving passion. In 2014 I joined an analog photography course and started using the old cameras of my father, developing negatives in the dark room. The same year our course won the „Deutscher Jugendfotopreis“ (German Youth Photography award). After I finished school in 2017 I went to New Zealand for 7 months working and travelling whilst never leaving my camera behind. When I came back, I presented my photos to my family and friends to take them on my travel too. Currently I am travelling South America, coming to the end of 6 months and continuing. It has been an eye-opening experience to which I have been lucky to capture beautiful scenery and whom I hope to share with others to appreciate what I have had the opportunity to see.

Louis Ossig, 2019

Time after School:

  • 2018-2019: traveling through South Amerika for 8 months
  • 2017-2018: work and travel for 7 months in New Zealand

School time:

  • 2010-2017: "Carl von Ossietzky Gymnasium" college with final a-level
  • 2004-2010: "Elisa Beth Shaw Grundschule" elementary school


  • 2015-2016: analog photography course at the "Jugendkunst Schule Pankow" with work in the dark room
  • 2007-2013: drawing and painting course at the "Jugendkunst Schule Pankow"
  • 2016-2017: sport swimming club