How did you get your start in photography?
As a teenager, I had found an old black-and-white enlarger and photographic paper in my parents’ attic. I bought a used, inexpensive SLR camera and set up a darkroom. That was the beginning of my passion for photography that continues to this day.
What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?
Through many detours I finally landed in travel and street portrait photography. I love to connect with people. Sometimes a few minutes are enough for a good portrait, sometimes trust has to be built up over several days, whether I’m photographing a senior citizen or a young child.
What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?
As part of a worldwide community in the field of travel photography, I am thrilled to be invited to participate in book projects, calendars and exhibitions. I hope to continue to do this and increase my participation in such projects.
Who and/or what inspires you most?
Undoubtedly the Magnum photographers and Steve McCurry, in particular
What is your approach? Is there anything, in particular, you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use?
For successful travel and street portrait photography you need time. You need to be on the road a lot to find the right people and faces for this kind of work. The next step is the contact, which requires a lot of experience. Of course you have to expect rejection from time to time, you need to respect that. Small gifts can help, but it is also important to learn a few phrases in the local language. For times when I’m photographing a primitive culture, a local guide is indispensable.
Why is accurate color important within your workflow?
Accurate colors are especially important for skin tones. You can get a slight blue or green cast, which is often not immediately noticeable during image processing. But if that image is published the color cast becomes much more visible in comparison to other images, which is disappointing. That’s why you should always pay attention to accurate colors and calibrate your monitor.
Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?
The technology should take a back seat. A good picture is not created on the basis of technical specifications of modern digital cameras, which often is discussed in detail in photography forums. Of course, mastering the craft of photography helps. But, more often, other factors make a picture stand out from the mass of images. Each genre of photography has its own requirements, so it’s hard to generalize advice. It’s helpful to be inspired by role models, but also recognize the importance of your own recognizable style.