I’m Ingolf Pompe, a professional photographer living in Stuttgart, Germany.
Although photographing since quite a long time now I was not born with a camera in my mouth or got one from a notoriuos uncle at an early stage. Just occasionally I was holding my fathers Super-8 Movie Camera when he wanted to be in the frame himself. It took my studies of Graphic Design at the “Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste”, Stuttgart, Germany, to discover photography as my passion. There and at the Exeter College of Art and Design, England, I was taught in the art of photography. Following my interest for foreign cultures I went on to work as a photographers assistant in Paris and London fashion studios before heading back home to Germany.
Shortly after I was running my own advertising and portrait studio in Stuttgart, working for industry clients and advertising. Commissions by publisher and magazines for reportages followed soon. From this point on my work, corporate as well as editorial, has become more location based. I was researching and shooting assignments in most of Europe, Turkey, Russia, Middle and South America, the Caribbeans and later in the Far East.
Fifty countries and some hundred flights later I was asked by auto-motor-sport mag to shoot a vintage car. With more and more cars in front of my lens car photography became a new theme to me, especially on location. Not so much surprising, since my base Stuttgart is the also the home of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Bosch.
I try to create individual looks for different tasks, adopting to specific circumstances, may it be a special budget or demanding locations. First I put the concept and the idea of a shoot. Then I look into my photography tool box to see what suits more: black and white, blurr or boceh, rigging, straight shot or DGI, available light on location or studio, even aerials may be considered.
If you feel there is something in the box for you please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to discuss an idea, project or budget with you.