What is your name and where are you from? Hi my name is Stefan and I'm from Leipzig, Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures? I've been making street photography for 7 months and after that 12 months of portraits.
When did you get into photography and why? When I got my Samsung Galaxy S6 I founded out that it has a quite good camera with it and so I started to make street photos with it. Just when I started to shoot people I switched to a “real” camera.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? I think my style is dark, moody and grainy. I just started with portraits in February 2017 so I'm still developing my style.
How do you approach a shoot ? Do you pre plan or is it a click and run? It's mostly click and run. To be honest – I've no idea which results I'll get from a shooting. Sometimes I've ideas that influences the photos.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I'll try to project moods and emotions, but for now it's still hard for me. It's more something I want to achieve in the future.
Do you have an influences you can share? My influences are my mood and the mood of the model while shooting. The conversations we have before and within.
What inspires you? I'm inspired by several artist on social media and also from people and situations on the street.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? In my opinion I'm not in the situation to criticise other people’s photography, but what I like less are photos without soul, fake stuff, just shine but no personality.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I was thinking about if I can earn money with my photography one day, but I'm afraid that I'd lose my love to it, my spirit.
So I think I keep it just for fun.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I mostly use Instagram because of its reach (even when it's getting worse and worse).
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? In first place I follow portrait photographers that have soulful, unique pictures, like Haris Nukem, Shotbysud, Martin Neuhof and Bob Sala.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless? As I mentioned before, I started with mobile photography when I was into street photos. It's nice because you've your camera always with you and can shoot very spontaneous. But of course it doesn't work with portraits, so I switched to a mirrorless.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I only use my Fuji x-m1 with the xc 16-50mm, but I'd like to get a xf 35mm f/1.4, when I can afford it. What is your dream location to shoot at? Since I'm a bit shy of people, it would be indoor. I like vintage stuff, so I think it would be some old house or room full of vintage furniture. Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? Oh, that's hard to describe. In this picture the model gives you a very intense look. The edit is dark and moody and goes perfectly with the look of the model.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Pictures by accident.
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
I think it's sad that the scene is going more into fashion, lifestyle and fitness pictures. Everything is healthy, nice, bright and wonderful. Real soul photography is getting rare.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images? I've no experience with this. But what I can say is that DSLR or not always better than mirrorless. I got to slightly expensive DSLR (Canon/Nikon) and both of them where not as good as my Fuji. The pictures weren't that sharp and when it got a bit darker there was strong noise.