What is your name and where are you from? My name is Tony Andreas Rudolph and I am currently living in Munich, Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures? I am taking pictures since a while now, but photos with humans in front of the camera since around September 2016
When did you get into photography and why? I am coming originally from the Visual Effects Industry where I worked on big budget movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars Rogue One, Batman V Superman, Divergent and many other. So I spend a lot of time in front of a computer. A good friend of mine asked me to show her how to use a camera for people photography, so she invited me to a shooting with a friend. It ended up that I was taking a lot of pictures of the model. I also saw that it was a cool way to meet new people. This kind of photography seem to be the perfect choice to meet different people with different backgrounds. So I decided to shoot people to meet them and find out more about their life and history at the end, not for the pictures.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years?If so why? My style is simple, natural, authentic and moody. I don’t like it to retouch photos, because I am coming from the Visual Effects Industry. I like it to show the world how it actually is. Since the beginning of my photography way of life, my photos become more moody, way more moody and I think it will continue to go more in this direction.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre plan, or is it a click and run? For me is the location the most important part when it just comes to the shooting itself and this is the only thing I plan. For me is it not important at which time or conditions I shoot. Because I like it more to have a cool and relaxed time with the human I am shooting with.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story? I would love to make my photos more human centric, which means I want to archive to capture the character and soul of the model I shoot and not only to create a picture of a beautiful and authentic human. There are just two photographers I think are able to do that which I know, but I don’t know much photographers.
Do you have an influences you can share? I think my biggest influence is my backstory about the film industry and as an illustrator, story telling and composition combined with lighting and the location is very important for me. From the photography side, Marat Safin and Alessio Albi influence my work a lot when it comes to moody photos, natural and authentic feelings by looking at the models soul. But I think I am way way behind these guys, but sooner or later I will reach this level as well.
What inspires you? Nature, good music, a cool location and a pleasant person in front of my camera
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? I think there is not such thing like bad photography, it’s more just to have a bad eye. But this is something you can train to get better in. Everyone can be a photographer, it’s not age or gender based, a style of photography is based on how the photographer sees his world and you can train your eyes on how you see the world at the end.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun? I have on my bucket list to take pictures for big big companies like BMW, adidas and so on. Also to see my photos printed in a magazine is something I want to archive. At the moment can you just see my other art I am doing on the big cinema screen or magazines and books, now it’s time for my photography also to get printed somewhere. That would be one of my little dreams.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? Mainly Instagram for creating a little community around my photos, Behance to show a series of photos from shootings and 500px, because it’s photographer centralized community with a lot of good photographers.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Mainly I am following @maratneva , @alessioalbi and @josselin , my three main inspirations.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless? Well, you can use what ever you want for the photos you take, it’s like a choice of oil paints or watercolors. It depends on what you want to archive and like to photograph. At the end it depends more on your eyes instead of your equipment
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I am using mainly an old Canon 5D mark2 and a Sigma 24mm 1.4 art and a Sigma 35mm 1.4 art lens. Before every shooting, I am playing “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” with my lenses on which one I use for the shoot or I choose the lens depending on model and location. But mostly I am using the 24mm at the moment.
What is your dream location to shoot at? I would love to shoot in Cape Town or Vancouver Island (I love Canada).
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? My favorite picture in the one with Muriel laying on a table in her apartment. My main inspiration here was the work from Marat Safin. I want to capture a picture full of mood and feelings, showing that not everything in life is perfect. The cloudy weather was perfect to create a moody feel to it. At the end, I jut told Muriel to relax by putting her head on the table. At the same time did we talked a bit about her past moments she had. And done was this photo. For me it was important that it has a natural feeling and doesn’t look posy, otherwise it would destroy the look and feel of the picture.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Natural, authentic and moody
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
Too much high fashion based photography and too much pixel perfect thinking by doing model/landscape retouches. The world is perfect, because of this non-perfection. We should show that more and stop creating a perfect world or human that doesn’t exist. High fashion photography is an industrialized style where photographers losing his eye on how he sees the world. We should go in a direction like food right now, we should shoot more organic, more natural, more authentic, with less retouches.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they createbetter images? Doing my study in film & Visual effects, I worked on a RED Dragon and Arri Alexa, and yes, they create better images when it comes to log and raw images. You have so so much depth and dynamic range in this images, this is crazy. I worked on this high dynamic range images on a daily basis and with these expensive cameras do you capture pixel perfect images. BUT it also depends again on your needs, I think for basic photography do you don’t need these cameras.