In nature, in distant countries, in unexpected situations, Brandl often finds angles not necessarily apparent at first sight. He recently connected images of volcanoes with their mythological stories. He is dedicated to analog photography working with expired films and medium-format cameras. He often combines the theme of his series with unusual material, which he uses as image carriers: pictures of Kilimanjaro he let print on Japanese hand-made Kozo paper, the Indonesian volcano Tangkuban Parahu he had lasered on Italian Carrara marble. He was the first German to recently win the renowned photographer of the year in Kenya.