Profession: Photographer
Origin: German
City: Munich
Education: Diploma in Fashion Journalism and Media Communication (Academie of Fashion and Design)

 

 

Why do you do what you do? Unfortunately I can`t paint, that`s why I use photography as a medium to express my idea of the world.

Could you describe your style and how it developed? My work`s always had a surreal touch. An interplay between fiction and reality. Thereby my images shatter the foundation pillar of our experience, – space, time, causality and logic, – to abduct us from reality. I try tocanalize the energy of dreams, that exists within our society, to take people on a journey into an imaginary world beyond reality. A burst and release from preset conventions within the industry. Constantly trying to improve and reinvent my style, within-out losing a certain hand-writing, that I am working on and always will be.

Where do you get inspiration from? I think inspiration is everywhere and can be anything. But what inspires me most and in multi-various ways, is art.I`ve always been impressed by expressionism and surrealism. Colors and shapes are being interpreted in a very new and experimental way, cracking formats and outbreaking the world that we know. Exceeding contexts and creating a certain “wiggle room”, that leaves interpretation up to the observer, which is extremely fascinating and stimulatory.
What is the best part about working within the creative industries?
The best part is the automatic and sometimes unrestricted permission to be who you are and to unfold your personalitywithin your creative work. Still depends on who your`re working with, to have this privilege fulfilled a hundred percent.

What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? Nothing, otherwise it might have distracted me in doing my thing.

Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? Oh yeah, it has developed and always will be. I reckon it`s very healthy to keep working on your style and also keep reinventing it. It`s very important to remain true to your picture language though, otherwise you`d willfully destroy your identity as a photographer.But I hate deadlocks, that’s why I try to work on my style all the time.

Who would you like to work with? I`d love to work with Katie Grand.
What is your idea of success? My idea of success is, to love what you`re doing for living and have other people in the industry love what you`re doing aswell.

Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work? Actually there is no clear message, I`d rather have people develop their own message out of my images. As I said before, I love the idea of a giant „wiggle room“, that keeps interpretation and identification for the observer open in all directions.

Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country?

Oh hell yeah, there is an artist within all of us and that`s what people should raise awareness for. Meaning, that every person is very good in something, which makes them an artist in whatever it is. The people just need to make the effort to find out what it is and to pursue it.

In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? I think culturally educating through art is indispensable as “art” can and needs to be exploited to create a far-reaching understanding of culture and life. “Art“ is a perfect medium to transport a certain idea of idealism and tolerance.

 

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