Although I have been a photographer for a long time, I was not born with a camera in my hand or given one by an over zealous uncle at an early age. Occasionally, as a child I could be seen 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 Kunste”, Stuttgart, Germany, to discover my passion of photography. I was taught the art of photography in Stuttgart and at the Exeter College of Art and Design in England.
Following my interest for foreign cultures, I went on to work as a photographers assistant in Parisian and London based fashion studios before heading back to Germany.
Shortly after, I was running my own advertising and portrait studio in my home town of Stuttgart, working with advertising agencies and industry leading clients.
Commissions from book publishers and magazines soon followed and my career went from strength to strength. From this point my assignments, both corporate and editorial, tended to be location based, taking me all over the world.
My research and photography took me far and wide, shooting assignments over most of Europe, Turkey, Russia, Middle and South America, across the Caribbean and later in the Far East.
Fifty countries and some hundred flights later I was asked by Auto-Motor-Sport magazine to photograph a vintage car. This started a new theme for my photography and after photographing more and more cars, it became a speciality. There were more and more car shoots especially on location. Not surprising as Stuttgart is the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
I try to create individual looks to fit specific assignments, adapting to individual job’s circumstances. This may be creating a special budget or finding and researching the most demanding locations.
Firstly I put together the concept and ideas for the shoot, then I use my photographic ‘toolbox’ to make the magic happen. This might involve considering – Black and white or colour, blurring an image, using rigging, straight shot or DGI. Wether to use available light, flash, or a constant light source, on location or in the studio, using aerial imaging technology or a more standard viewpoint.