My name is Maurice Lohrke and I am based in Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I started as a kid, but then for decades I didn’t take any photograph. Since 4 years I am passionate about it.
When did you get into photography and why?
I was a successful manager in the airline business before, but there was the point in my life where I decided to change the path I am walking on and do more important things. I try to show beauty and aesthetics to the world with photography, like literally making the light visible. It is the best way to fight against darkness, if you brighten up the light.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I don’t have one specific style I think, I love b & w but also colourful images, I love portraits but also fashion or landscape. I always try to capture the beauty within so it can touch peoples heart, I try to let my pictures speak with the viewer, from my heart to their heart.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
For portraits I don’t do a big planning, I try to make my model feel just very comfortable in any situation we are in, as the connection of my counterpart and me is the key to good portrait photography in my eyes, no one cares about ISO or apertures. I am keen enough to say I find beautiful light around 200m of any meeting point in the world, so we can do beautiful portraits. For fashion editorials there is a lot of planning and coordination in advance necessary. You try to connect with the right designer or stylist, look for a matching location, find the right hair and makeup artists that match the team and of course find the perfect models for the mood and look and finally find a date that’s perfect for all.. then it’s showtime.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
In my eyes, our world gets more and more blunt and rude, sometimes even vulgar. It is so important for us human beings to see, feel and hear beauty, aesthetic and subtlety in our beautiful world. It helps us to grow, to feel and to let us be human as it creates creativity and as if a we create something, we are able to be a part of the gods, god, spirits or whatever your believe will call it. Which is our true destiny in my believe.
Do you have an influences you can share? To be honest, I am not much into following other photographers, I just want to take my personal pictures, to reflect my personal view onto the world. But if there is an influence to this, I would name Peter Lindbergh, not only because of his beautiful pictures everyone loves, but also about his point of view on beauty and his approach, his kindness and his spiritual connection to people.
What inspires you?
Talks, music, art, movies and overall emotions.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? A difficult question, technically there a bad photographs possible, but I never criticize any others pictures, because every picture is an emotional point of view of the photographer to a situation, mood or person and I don’t walk in their boots. There is enough space for all the pictures that are taken.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I am passionate to build my career
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I am on Facebook and Instagram. I started with Facebook, but it is not interesting anymore and I don’t like the negativity filled up timeline, I just keep it alive. My main social media is Instagram, I think it is more visual pleasing for us photographers and a better medium to connect with other artists like models, stylists, designers etc and more efficient for getting business requests and bookings.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Peter Lindbergh.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
To be honest, I really don’t care. It is all about a great picture. Who asks a painter which brushes he has used? Who asks a musician which violin he was playing? In my eyes it doesn’t really matter if his art is loved.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
My main camera is a Nikon D850. I started with a Nikon and it’s me just being comfortable with the layout and menu and handling of the Nikons. For me it is a tool and I have to work with it blindly. It could also be another brand instead, I have no religion about that. I try always to have very good equipment, so I can’t blame the gear and I know the fault is on my side J. For portraits I use 85mm 1.4 and a 70-200mm 2.8, for editorials a 24-70 mainly because of the flexibility on location.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I like it very simple, maybe a beach with stormy clouds for example, nothing fancy.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My favourite picture is always my last one, so I couldn’t describe how I captured it, because while writing this, my favourite picture will have changed when you read it J.
In three words how would you describe your photography? close, simple, clear.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I think it is a good direction, you always have your phone with you and can take situations into a frame which you wouldn’t have been able to capture without. I love taking pictures with my phone as well.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
The create better image quality of course. Better images? No. Photography is always a reflection of the person who has taken the picture, the gear is just a tool. If you want to create better images, you have to create a better self. You have to grow from your knowledge, understanding, your spirituality, your energy and become more of the person you should be, then you will take better images.