What is your name and where are you from? My name is Jonas Benjamin Eichmann and I’m currently living in Bamberg, Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures? I started taking landscape photos some years ago. Nearly one year ago I started to do portraits.
When did you get into photography and why? I bought my first camera back in 2014 because I wanted to film some skate and snowboard videos. After a while I noticed that I enjoy taking photos more, so I got into travel photography. When I started studying at university I noticed that I can’t travel as much as before. So I started to do portraits so I can take photos even though I’m not traveling.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? There are a lot of photographers who have influenced and inspired me and my style of photography. In fact, I like to work with colors, contrasts, particularly by means of sunlight. However, I would never claim it as “my style” – it is still developing, and there is always another photographer who got nearly a similar style. I see every day as a new opportunity to draw inspiration from other photographers and other various influences.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? I’m not planning anything. Not even the outfit of the model most of the time. I just meet people somewhere and then we’re running through cities or landscapes and taking photos wherever it looks good.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
More than aiming a certain goal I would describe my work more like capturing the moment, having fun and making others happy with my photos. Maybe my goal is to do something different to what I’m studying – to have a compensation to all the nerd stuff from university.
Do you have an influence you can share? I think it’s essential to find your own way of finding inspiration, it may be a personal muse or special places. My advice is: go traveling and meet up with some good friends.
What inspires you? Instagram. I can swipe through my feed all day long and I always find tons of photos which make me jealous because I didn’t take them. Another big inspiration is travelling. Personally, my favorite photos are from my journeys. Seeing other cultures, other regions of the world is what makes me creative.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? I wouldn’t say so. Besides technical issues, there is something which shouldn’t be neglected: the personal relation between photographer and model. If both are happy with the result, don’t care what other people think.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Not really. I’m just trying to learn from every shooting, so one day I can take the best photos of my future kids and my family, haha!
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I only use Instagram. I like the positive attitude on this platform. Everyone is just sharing good vibes, there is hardly violence or political stuff. It’s all about pictures.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Not so many. For me there is no one better than @josselin . Most photos he posts make me feel like going on a good journey and to take some nice photos! @nachobarella is also awesome.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless? I have no thoughts about that. Everyone should do what they want to do. But please don’t stay in front of the Trevi Fountain with your huge iPad and ruin the view of other tourists, haha!
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I only have a little black camera with a 28mm lens! (It’s a Leica Q). I was looking for a camera which was really small, and which transfers a special feeling every time you got it in your hands.
What is your dream location to shoot at? That’s hard to answer because there are too many. For example, coming back to the Canadian Rockies would be awesome.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? It’s a photo of my girlfriend which I took on our journey through the United States. It shows her in front of the Grand Canyon. Her beautiful blond hair is blowing through the wind while the sun is rising in the background. We got up at nearly 3am in our tent and drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and on the way we saw a little Bambi and her mom. For me the stories behind my photos are as magical as the photo itself.
In three words how would you describe your photography? colorful, positive and high-contrast.
How would you describe the current scene in photography? I have to confess that I don’t like the scene and that I’m trying to hide from it the best I can.Especially in Germany there is too much jealously and too much gossip about others. This is what makes the scene really unattractive for me. Some people are talking bad to others about photographers they never met before just because they don’t want them to shoot the same models.It’s also a “trying to be perfect” scene. For some people there is a rule: is your photo not perfectly retouched it’s a bad one. But why? I think if there is everything perfect in a picture it’s a great photo, but it doesn’t have any vibes. Perfectness doesn’t exist therefore no “real” photo can be perfect.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images? No they don’t. I think they’re one reason why jealously is so big in this scene. I think it doesn’t matter which camera is the best or the most expensive. It’s about the feeling it transmits how you’re working with it.