Born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1968 my life used to be filled out with sports from morning till dawn for about 25 years. In my 30s I studied Sports Science, Philosophy and Anthropology and worked as a Group and Personal Fitness Trainer. Until March 2020 I was a trainee for the Alexander Technique in Frank-furt, Germany.
During school time art had always played an important role. In 1984 I spent a whole year as an exchange student in Burling-ton, Iowa, USA, and attended art class and handicrafts as a major subject. I also took part in an art competition with a chalk painting and a pencil drawing and came first and third place.
Photography used to be something I did during child-hood and later when I
went on vacation but never took it serious until 2015 when I bought a new smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S7). From that day I became addicted to photography. So almost all photos are taken with the
S7. Next step will be getting to know my Nikon D7000 and my Sony DSC-RX100 for more photographic options. I love trying different things. I got a little kit for my phone, a mini equipment of
lenses with telephoto, macro, fisheyes and wide-angle. Even that works which really surprised me and opens a totally different world.
I’m not interested in certain topics. I take pictures of any-thing that strikes me and sometimes I stay for a while.
The only thing I hardly ever do is letting a picture just the way I shot it. Documental images aren’t my thing. I love to work on and change what I see into something new.
Sometimes it gets close to the original object but most of the time something totally different emerges. When people ask if I’m a photographer or an artist I answer: ‘Maybe a Gestalter.’
‘Gestalten’ is the German word for designing, creating, drafting but there is still a slight difference in meaning. I feel more like the Swedish fictional character Pippi Longstocking: Creating my own world.
Shooting people, I prefer to get a picture of the most natural moment even when it’s a prepared setting like in ‘pool-life–tart.1’ or in ‘pool-life–genesis of a clash 6 bw’ (see pics below).
The former was a moment the model actually took a break but it ended up to be the best one of the series, the latter the couple almost got in a real fight – great for the perfect moment!
Another project I started about four years ago are the garbage or better litter pictures ‘things in…’. I go for long walks and hikes in the forest and became aware of all the garbage people litter everywhere. But of course I don’t want to just shoot garbage. I try to get something beautiful or funny or interesting out of it like ‘Death of a rubber duck – things in the street XXXVIII’. It seems this way I get people to look at it and they also become more aware.
One of my obsessions is taking pictures during train rides and especially when it rains. There is a whole series of a train ride I did in 2017 in Australia (e.g. ‘field of light’, ‘Nachtgedanken’, ‘Way to go’) and on train while it was raining on my way back from Vienna (‘Strom II’, ‘zerlaufen’).
And another passion in photography is minimalism and abstract. Both I discovered when I scrolled through corres-ponding Instagram accounts. Minimalism is actually the hardest way for me to picture things because I easily get overwhelmed by too many options and things to see.
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