Kawah Ijen Sulphur Porters with Heinz Von Holzen

Talented chef, restauranteur and photographer, Heinz Von Holzen walks us through his recent shoot in East Java where he captured the incredibly powerful story of the local Sulphur miners.

"Every volcano and mountain that I climb is special in its own way and leaves behind long-lasting memories. Gunung Merapi is different to anything I have ever experienced before, as it shows life from the hardest perspective. I was amongst 200 of the world's strongest people who mine and harvest sulphur from within a volcanic crater while enduring toxic fumes.

"Each miner harvests 70-90kg of sulphur before carrying the heavy load in two baskets on their shoulders up a steep, almost vertical, 250-meter deep crater and then almost 4 km downhill to the collection point."

Heinz found the inspiration for this shoot in his passion to support the sulphur miners and to help share their almost unbelievable story. His creative flair, which was sparked during his career as a chef, has driven his addiction and passion for photography for over 30 years. He has worked within the commercial world but is now focusing on personal passion projects and landscapes.

He was converted to the world of medium format and Capture One after seeing what they were capable of:
"The camera setup allows me to slow down, relax, and take time to think about the image I want to capture. The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic allows me to achieve a level of quality that is unmatched by anything else.


I started out with a IQ1 40MP Camera System, then moved up to the IQ3 80MP and have since upgraded to the new IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, it's simply spectacular. Every time I take my camera out, I get excited and proud at the same time. I love having the ability to use such an incredible camera system."