For almost 50 years I deal with photography. I had my first contact with 10 years of age in a youth hostel with contact prints of plants. This gave me enough motivation to go deeper into matter in a course on enlarging b/w images.
At the age of 15 this course was followed by a photography course. I got my first camera from my father, used and widely traveled. It was a Zeiss Ikon that he himself had travelled with. She also served me well with black and white negative film and I was happy. Yeah!
At some point the purchase of a photo lab with a M601 enlarger from Durst was due. Now I was able to develop films and prints by myself. However, it did not come to the enlargement of color pictures because the costs were too high and the development procedure was too time-consuming. Instead there were experiments with developers, but also with special films, most recently with holographic pictures.
My first self-bought camera was the Canon A1, which soon followed the Minox35GT. Both were extensively used with slide film on many journeys. The jump into digital photography I did with a Canon IXUS compact camera for over 1000 DM, which was stolen after a few days. Then followed various IXUS models and a Canon 5D. For the first time ever, this camera made high-quality pictures that made film superfluous. This was the right time to stop making slides.
Today I own a Canon 5D m4 and a Canon G9X m2 compact camera. The lab was changed to Lightroom and the photo lab was sold, which still filled me with a bit of melancholy. Furthermore, I usually take pictures while traveling, because I can combine my two passions, “Traveling” and “Photography”. Currently I try to extend my spectrum to the field of portrait photography, but I also want to give art photography more space.
I was inspired by photographers like Steve McCurry, Andreas Gursky and Annie Leibovitz, but also by artists like Gerhard Richter, Edward Hopper and Claude Monet. This selection of names is neither complete nor representative. Presumably, I would have to name a lot of other artists.
Let`s see what will happen in the future ….