What is your name and where are you from? My name is Roland Sägesser and I live in Magden. This is a small village with a population of 4000 people. It’s close to Basel and the German border.
How long have you been taking pictures? I did my first steps in people photography 5 years ago.
When did you get into photography and why? Well, I have loved to capture moments with my camera since my youth. But at that time it was more of an ill-considered, spontaneous clicking. The technical side has always fascinated me, 5 years ago I bought a new camera and saw myself as motivated to take a step into people photography.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? I mainly produce pictures that are authentic, believable and in love with detail. This means that the scenery is homogenous and the picture is of one piece. Especially in the field of sensual photography, with a certain touch of sexiness. In particular, the homogeneity became more and more important to me, > by that I mean that expression and charisma of the model, fit the image scene.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? That always depends on the goal. The majority of the shootings are based on the exchange of moods with the model and the organization of the corresponding outfits. The rest grows usually spontaneously during the shoot ...
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Yes, of course, the model and I are happy at the end of the shoot. That's what we achieve when it's not the dogged goal of getting some picture, but simply having a good time together. Because that is something of the most valuable thing in life. Quality time.
Do you have an influences you can share? I think that my influence and inspiration come first and foremost through a more conscious life. Going through life with open eyes and thereby perceiving things and details that remain hidden to many people in today's hustle and bustle of everyday life. But of course the social media channels are also a good source.
What inspires you? People who maintain open, honest and direct communication and know what appreciation and reliability means.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? I think that is always in the eye of the beholder. In my eyes, they are pictures without a soul.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
No. I just want to keep moving and not stop. Again and again question yourself and your work with the necessary self-reflection and self-criticism. And do not lose the fun.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Right now, this is clearly Instagram because it most and most effectively covers my needs. A few years ago it was still Facebook ... let's see what it is in a year. ;)
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
These are very many, well-known names, but also unknown. The main thing is that I can identify with their style. To name individual names would not do justice to anyone.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
From a technical point of view, the development is of course intriguing and I personally profit from having a camera in my pocket at any time, which makes high-tech pictures. From the crafting point of view, I'm having a hard time achieving the same with this "tool" as with a traditional camera.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
At the moment I mainly use my lenses from the Sigma Art series (35/50 / 85mm) on one of my Nikon full frame cameras . The choice is usually on the 35 or 50 lens, because I achieve the best compromise between proximity to the model and angle of view.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
There are so many that are still on my to-do list: West Coast USA. New York, Las Vegas, Iceland, Sri Lanka, Thailand but also cities in Europe. I think that as long as you do not just shoot in his own "fishbowl" everything can be nice.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
There are so many, I cannot decide for one. This is especially so because in contrast to the "uninvolved" viewer for me behind every single image is an experience, a story and actually experienced emotions.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Authentic, believable and in love with detail.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
As I mentioned in the question above, a cell phone camera will probably never completely replace a traditional camera.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images? Technically determined, but not emotional. And emotions beat technical values y far. No amount of expensive technical equipment compensates the eye of a good photographer and the ability to feel visual aesthetics.