What is your name and where are you from?
I’m Dennis and I’m a 25 years old photographer based in Munich, Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been photographing since around mid-March 2017. So it has been a year since I’ve started taking photos, in which I had to take a break from photography for 4-5 months in total due to my studies in university.
When did you get into photography and why?
I’ve always been into visual arts in different forms. Movies, photographs or drawings etc. Right before I started with photography, I was actually into filmmaking and learning stuff for filmmaking. After a while I decided to buy a camera for practice. At the same time I was also surfing on Pinterest and collecting photos I liked, mainly for drawing inspiration. When I was about to buy my camera, I also joined to Instagram and I was stoked about the amount of beautiful shots. Being exposed to so many great photos, fired my latent passion up and suddenly I also became interested in taking pictures actively instead of passively seeing and enjoying others work. The more I dig the world of photography, the more I fell in love with it. Since then I’m hooked on photography.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years?If so why?
Since it has only been a year, I can’t speak for the years, but still throughout the year my style has changed. I can clearly see differences in my taste between when I first started and current me. Things change, people change, we change.. Not only your taste change, but I believe with time you also discover more and more what you really like, which is a beautiful process of self-exploration. At the moment I appreciate more simplistic, natural, clean images with raw emotions, mainly black and white or not that colourful. I also tend to prefer indoors to outdoor shootings now.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
I believe communication is extremely important factor for a productive shooting. I take my time to chat with my models about this and that and to build a connection before I press the shutter button. Good vibes, relaxed atmosphere, chemistry between the photographer and the model are decisive.
Nowadays, before every shooting I make a mood board for every model specifically. I send it to them so that that they know what to expect and ideally I get few images from them, which then gives me an idea of what they like. This process provides us an orientation and sets the base of our shooting. From there we just improvise.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I mostly want my images to be soothing and pleasing to the eye. Relaxed moments of intimacy, feeling free and feeling of raw existence.. I can say that I want these to be the core emotion of my photography, at least in near future. And then taking it as the point of origin, I want to circle around it and cover wider range of spectrum of human emotions. On the other hand, for me the form or aesthetical aspect is as much important as the content. So I want them to look beautiful and aesthetically pleasing while conveying the vibes, emotions and the atmosphere I want to convey.
Do you have an influences you can share?
I think at the moment feature pages like @the_blackbuck or @osphilia_ have the most influence on me.
What inspires you?
It could be anything. Surely, the beautiful nature of femininity inspires me most. But also music, lyrics, movies, movie dialogues, moments, stories, other photographers, poetry, basically anything that speaks to my soul.
I believe, the difference between a great artist whose name becomes remembered and a good artist resides not only in the talent or hard-work but also in the depth of their personality. Overall development gives you an ability to make connections between things that are not so obvious and it is what people call as an original work. As a result, those people are more receptive to the world that surrounds them and therefore more open to inspirations. So I’m also trying to grow as a person by not only studying the photography itself but also fields that are not directly related to it. I’m trying to study simply the life itself through philosophy, psychology, science, watch movies, read literature, whatever there is..to become inspired.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Technically speaking, from the stand point of an observer, i think it is more about a trained eye vs. untrained eye and the emotional depth instead of good vs. bad photographer as photography is highly subjective. But as long as you can realise your vision and you are happy with it, that’s what should primarily matter to a photographer. If there are also other people involved in the work like in people photography, of course it is also important that the whole team is satisfied with the results.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Photography is a big passion for me. To make a living out of it would be my dream for which I’m also working for. If one day the stressful professional side outbalances the fun side of it, then I think it would be a time for me to stop and think.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Mainly Instagram to share my work with others and connect. Pinterest or Tumblr to get inspired.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I really like the work of @patrick_xiong, @chuck, @julienlrvr, @khschroedercom, @imruhul, @tonnyellisnyc, @thomasholmphoto, @vibrantshotphoto, @tommitchellphoto, @victorofvalencia, @mh_ports
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Both have pros and cons in my opinion. Mobile phone is always with you, accessible all the time. But it is not technically sufficient for all kinds of projects. It really depends on what you are going for.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Since the beginning I only own a Sony a6000 and use 50mm 1.8 for portraits. Later I also bought 35mm 1.8 for full body shots. That’s all I use for shootings. The main reason I decided for this camera is that it is not only focused on photography but also great for video.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I would really love to shoot at a desert or dunes. There is something divine and sublime in the vastness of the desert for me. It is as if its powerful vastness could swallow your existence which makes your soul to feel naked and leaves you no choice but to let go of your ego and melt in the infinite space of existence. The deep connection with the nature and the bliss that comes with it..must be a really unique experience.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
Really can’t pick one. It is hard for me choose one and exclude others as each photo has its own uniqueness for me.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Simple, natural, sensual.
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
In my opinion, it makes the world much more visual. Interaction and communication take place more and more visually rather than with words. It accelerates the speed of our lives, which results in an exhausted and stressed society in a hurry and we forget to slow down and enjoy simple things in life. Because of easy accessibility of taking high quality photos with our mobile phones, we become more focused on documenting what we are doing to show others or to look later instead of simply experiencing the actual event itself and being in the moment.
So i think it is good and bad. Good is that we all become more and more involved with photography in our daily lives. Involuntarily, everyone becomes somehow exposed to certain amount of visual art. But on the other side it causes to mass production and mass is usually a mess. Quantity overwhelms quality. High quality things get lost in the world of overstimulation and in the hurry of consumption. It becomes much harder for photographers to stand out in the crowd. Some try to cope with it through imitation of what is trendy and lose their authenticity.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
Yes, if ‘’better’’ refers to the higher resolution, dynamic range etc. After all, it is the reason why they are more expensive.
No, if ‘’better’’ refers to the content of a photo since it is determined by your vision, eye and ideas etc. But I think the issue is bit more complicated. You might have a vision that requires certain values of shadows or tones etc. in order to convey the message and evoke the emotion you are going for. In such case you might need a camera that has enough dynamic range to realise your vision. I also don’t think that big magazine are likely to print something shot with a phone or so, unless it is an ad for iPhone. So it all depends on the circumstances.
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