3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
The passion to capture unique moments in one’s own style and to follow his own way and not the way of others.
4. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
To capture unique moments of mother nature motivates me all the time while being out in the field. Nearly nothing can stop me in such situations. There are no demotivating factors for me with regard to photography. But there are of course things that are a challenge.
5. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
The most passionate moments in my work are the moments out in the field when my vision fits with the reality.
6. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK?
One major challenge is the digital presentation of photography in the internet and other digital media, as the quality of real fine art work can only be judged on a printed fine art photo in my opinion. Just compare the same photo on different monitors or other digital devices. On the other hand the digital revolution was a breakthrough for my work as it offered all tools for me to create my style of fine art photos – from the shot to the final print.
7. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY?
It all started with my first analog SLR camera from Nikon which I bought in used condition and some books from National Geographic with photos, stories and tips from Bruce Dale or Jim Blair. With the digital age my photography got a real boost. I was controlling the whole development process by my own – the basis to develop an individual style. I did attend workshops to learn the basics of the technique and read many books about RAW development. With the sharing of photos across the internet I got a lot of inspiration from many different photographers. Combined with my own efforts and experiments I developed my own style within the next few years. My personal development process did influence my art of nature interpretation as well. The approach of reduction within my work comes from the inspiration I got from Thai Chi, QiGong and meditation which I am still learning from a shaolin monk.
8. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A „NOVICE“? Be open to learn from others, study the work of others, get a good understanding of how to use the tech-nique and based on your personality develop your own style and follow your own way.
9. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK? The world around us is loud, full of power and always forcing us to move faster and to never stop moving. But we all need phases of silence there we can find inner silence and recharge our batteries. The driving force in my life is to reserve time for these phases of silence to actively work on my own personal development and to be in the driver seat of my own life. As a result of this my work is aimed to help the viewers and owners of my work to find a moment of silence while looking at my fine art work. Through reduction of structures, colors and a clear line management I try to achieve this goal with my art of photography.
10. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
Difficult to describe as it depends on the atmosphere and the environment. The feelings can be totally different. In a perfect scenario I have time, I am not in a hurry because the conditions are changing fast and I am on my own or with one or two other people around. In such a scenario I can find inner silence and I am thankful to be able to experience this moment at this point of time out in the nature.
11. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
For me my work is successful if it generates a feeling of silence while I am looking at it. From a technical point of view I do not accept anything that does not fulfill my requirements for a technical perfect fine art work. Both criteria have to be fulfilled for a perfect fine art work from myself.
12. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
Mother nature offers every single day unique moments in time. If i can help with my work that more people really see this and experience this I am more than happy. Then these people will have more re-spect for the beauty of our nature and thus have an interest that this beauty will not be destroyed.
13. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
Tough question as there are so many things running out of order in these days. But the core message would be „Be the change you want to see in the world“ (original quote from Gandhi). Take your time to find your own way in this world and live in line with the values that are important for you while showing full respect for each single individual of each species on this planet. Do never forget that your words and your behavior have an influence on others so use it wisely.