Two years ago and a few weeks before the pandemic I went to London to take part in a workshop with the British artist and photographer Mark Fearnley. We were a small group of photo enthusiasts, improving our skills, especially in seeing a location or scene.
Due to the european General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) I reduced my engagement in street photography. In fact, taking pictures of strangers in the streets without asking them for permission is illegal now. But nevertheless I decided to publish a few of my older street pictures at an exhibition. It is a very new experience for me and I like it.
If you are interested and in Berlin the next days, come and see.
“La Bohème”, Winsstr. 12, 10405 Berlin Vernissage: 13.09.2018
This year in street photography has been different for me than the three years before. No workshops, no photowalks with others and only a few planned street shootings. Most of the photographs where shot coincidentally, but I trained my skills and had more keepers per shooting. And strolling through the city is a pure joy and a remedy for dark moments.
Processed with Blackie
I’m still interested in candid pictures of strangers but I’m also experimented with geometrical forms. Still processing more photographs in black and white, still digital but with an analog attitude. As a compensation I took a lot of travel and nature photographs.
I like my two mirrorless Fuji cameras but I realized, that I took most of my pics with my smartphone. It’s an unobtrusive, tiny little workhorse with a lab included, available at any time. It’s the easiest way to process my black and white pictures using the app Blackie. Technically spoken I don’t need much more than this combo.
I took part in competitions (like last year), won nothing (like last year) but experiences and got professional feedback. For next year I planned a small exhibition of my work. I’m grown with my pictures and I think, I have a few keepers to show, just for fun.
Very often the Alexanderplatz is overcrowded and has a touch of a funfair. But sometimes you find some tranquillity. I like these pictures obove, they weren’t planned. The moments aren’t really decisive but moments in time.
We have a word in German – Weltanschauung – literally for seeing the world, but in the meaning of philosophy of life or ideology. The point is: To know and understand the world, you have to see the world. The best way to do this, is to travel. It’s an expensive affair, but you ‘ve got to spoil yourself sometimes.
Scooter behind Sagrada Familia
Two weeks ago I traveled to Barcelona, three days for exploration, rest and relaxation.
When Olivier Ficco from strassenfotos asked me that question last year, I couldn’t answer first. “Best memory” isn’t the same like “best picture”. If he had asked for the last, the answer wouldn’t have been much easier. Is it sharp, well composed, vibrant, contrasty? Is it often viewed, liked or commented at my Instagram or Flickr stream? Regardless of the content and the technical quality I like pictures, wich tell a story about the subject or the photographer itself. For every photo I’ve taken on the streets is a story – a memory – behind.
The first weekend last month in Berlin was springtime for a day or two. The streets, cafés and hotspots where overcrowded with people. A perfect opportunity for taking pictures. So I grabbed my camera, backup-camera, batteries and hit the streets.