I love photography


My name is Sascha van der Werf. 
Born in a beautiful place south of Austria in Wolfsberg - Carinthia. I'm a former senior sales and marketing leader with over 15 years of experience that includes developing new markets and expanding distribution networks for famous major multinationals.


Because of photography I suddenly notice light, shapes, colors, textures, buildings, flowers, Love and more. Everything around me looks different - seeing the world through my lens. It allows me to express myself, share my perspective and I can tell a story with my pictures.

I always had a fascination for photography but it changed me when I started in 2017. The deeper I get, the more I realize all about what I love, what I care about, and what I want to say to the people who closely examine my work. As I shoot I also learn a lot about myself, what I value and love and how I see the world: 

See the beauty in every moment & day.

I CAN

feel and capture a moment that counts and tell a story with my pictures. I love to inspire people. I want to encourage people to follow their dreams, no matter what they are, as you never know which one of those will be life altering in such a positive way like photography, skydiving and being creative in my case.

I CAN'T

touch your soul with my pictures if we do not have the same view on things and life. 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. 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.

I FEAR

a lot - I’m human. 
And that is ok - but my biggest fear is not to have enough chocolate around me - that drives me crazy.

I'm inspired

by the work of a lot of great artist:
Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alan Schaller, Sebastiao Salgado to name a few.

 
 
 
 

I love skydiving

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
-  Leonardo da Vinci - 

I started skydiving in 2010, now 1900+ jumps later I'm not only enjoying the free fall with my friends: being a tandem instructor & teacher I'm happy to introduce this life altering experience to people who are interested in this sport.

I dream daily of the next time I can go.

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I WANT MY PHOTOGRAPHS TO TELL A STORY

 

I make photographs that are not merely of something, but about something. 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. Photography for me is storytelling - not perfect use of a lot of technic.

 

"When people ask what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes." - Adam Ansel - 

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BW PHOTOGRAPHY MAKES A STATEMENT


BW photos are aesthetic and timeless. 
I love BW because of the simplicity, minimalism, and the ability to get rid of distractions and clutter. Furthermore, BW gives me a chance to focus on the essence of a scene - color can be a distraction.

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 BW image over a color image.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, it is definitely a personal preference. And sometimes, the world looks better in black and white.

It just does.

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I LOVE DOCUMENTING LIFE

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. In street photography, because using any available light, objects, people or animals from my surrounding environment, I can only frame and compose my images for that split second. 

It is a constant learning experience and always surprises me & makes me think different. I can’t control the light or plan a shot, as I never know how a scene can change within a second.

Everything changes, everything is fluid.

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