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I LOVE CAPTURING MOMENTS AND TELL A STORY WITH MY PHOTOGRAPHY

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

Ted Grant

Street photography for me is candid photography of life and human nature. It is a way for me to show our surroundings, and how I relate to it. I am filtering what I see, to find the moments that intrigue me, and to then share them with others. It’s like daydreaming with a camera.

 

“When people ask what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes.”

Ansel Adams

 

How I see is more important than what I see to me.

I always had a fascination for photography -but I struggled in the last years to get on in „my photography“. It took me a while to figure out that acquiring gear and only studying the ins and out of cameras will not get me further - to what matters to me in photography:

I want my photographs to tell a story.

 

When I stopped in the beginning of 2017 with a lot of my bad habits and worrying about what others might think about my photography, or how I have to shoot my pictures so others might like them - I suddenly started to see the world around me different and began to love my photography.

In the past I gave my camera and my gear too much credit, expected it to do too much, and failed to inject myself fully into the process. So I did not only reduce my equipment but also changed my system to a new one that fits better to my personal photography. My clients hire me not because of the size of the camera or the equipment I use. They are choosing me for the photographs I make - they are my personal brand.

 

I do not longer keep missing this incredible opportunity to make photographs that are not merely of something, but about something. So it is very important to me - to get in touch with you first: I want to find out more about you - because I deeply care about the human beings I capture.

 

Each individual, no matter their culture or background has a story to tell, and it is these stories that I aim to portray throughout my photography.

 

Just like people, photos are technically imperfect – and yet that’s what makes them so beautiful. Each photo is an impression of a moment in time that will never again be recaptured. Some of the most famous photos, considered by many to be the best of the best, have imperfections! In fact, most of them do! Not only that, everyone has different tastes. Something that one person might call a “problem area” might be the reason that someone else LOVES that exact same photo. I’m not going to deprive dozens of people the enjoyment of my art simply because one person said “this part isn’t in perfect focus.”

 

 < today's moments are tomorrow's memories >

 

I LOVE BLACK AND WHITE

 

Black & white reduces the image into its essence: subject, composition and light. There is no colour to dazzle or distract from those basic elements. And sometimes, the world looks better in black and white. It just does.

 

Clothing, colour temperature differences in ambient light sources, cars and colourful background distractions have stopped being an issue. I still focus on my backgrounds, but I care more about the relationship between my subject and background, rather than a distracting colour. It’s freed up that part of my brain.

 

Looking at someone’s face, or into their eyes, without the distraction of color can provide a stronger emotional connection to my subjects. It’s not necessarily always the case, but if like me, I often feel more connected to a person in a BNW image over a colour image, this could be the reason why.

 

BNW photography is clearer – by this I mean that a good black and white image can enhance a subject’s features and create a clearer picture of what they look like. It seems counter-intuitive but when you compare colour and BNW versions of the same image, you’ll see that it’s true.

 

BNW photography makes a statement – in a colourful world. A BNW image can stand out from the crowd. And the more colourful the background, the more one’s eye is drawn to the focused calm of a black and white picture.

 

Black-and-white adds a timeless, fine-art appeal to an image. I still shoot colour and love playing with it, but I certainly enjoy the challenge and creative push from shooting in BNW.

I LOVE DOCUMENTING LIFE

 

In Street Photography, because using any available light, objects, buildings, people, animals or anything else from my surrounding environment, I can only frame and compose my images for that split second. Once that second has passed, the image has gone for ever. It can’t be recreated. No matter what, nothing is ever the same. Everything changes, everything is fluid. I love taking photographs in my town, Vienna – everyday is different – no matter how often I walk up and down the same streets. But I’m looking forward to new places and towns – to experience and take part of the daily life in this area. Meet new people learn more about their culture and life:

#collectmomentsnottings

 

That is only one reason I felt in love with it. I like the feeling of being on the lookout for documenting life-shot. Looking left and right for the image that will make me feel like I have successfully got what I want. The anticipation, the waiting, trying, failing, trying again. The hunt. With my Leica Q I got the perfect camera for me and my style. I can react spontaneously to any situation – and it does not look massive – so I don’t create to much attention with it.

 

Street photography is a constant learning experience and always surprises me. Shooting in the streets makes me thinking different. It is like a lottery, I never know the result before. I can’t control the light or plan a shot, as I never know how a scene can change within a second. And the search for the a special moment is a challenge with myself.

 

Street Photography is also therapeutic. I relax myself when I shoot the street and enjoy every moment and location I come across. Street Photography is now my sport, able to relax and also give me some adrenaline rush. I am pretty sure there are more reasons.

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I LOVE CAPTURING MOMENTS AND TELL A STORY WITH MY PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

I LOVE CAPTURING MOMENTS AND TELL A STORY WITH MY PHOTOGRAPHY