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Background & Inspiration

I still own my first SLR camera that I took from my dad as a teenager – and I still use some of the lenses on my current gear. But there is nothing nostalgic about it. I simply enjoy experimenting with analog and digital technology to achieve unique and unexpected results. In a way, this is my approach to challenge myself – by "sabotaging" my own equipment and by willingly sacrificing some control.

About losing and gaining control
I was a teenager in the early 90s, when I picked up my dad’s then 30-year-old SLR camera and started to make pictures. By "make" I mean I really had to work hard to get anything on film, since the whole kit had several problems – from leaking light and lenses with strange sweet spots to a self-willed shutter and a malfunctioning light meter. So I started to document every single setting of each shot on a piece of paper and analyzed the outcome after the pictures had been developed. This is how I tried to gain control – while at the same time making the mechanical flaws work for my vision and embracing pure chance.

Developing skills
The same was true when I bought my first "own" SLR in the late 90s. With the little money I had as a student, picking up skateboarding photography maybe wasn’t the smartest choice (but the most fun!). Shooting 5-6 image series of a single trick was simply not affordable for me – especially when I decided to shoot black & white. The only solution: I had to develop a great skill for timing and I had to learn how to anticipate movement. I did and got published in several skateboarding magazines. By then, I was able to pull off perfectly timed and focused images, even on my first digital camera – a Nikon Coolpix 4100 with 1 sec shutter delay.

My first skateboarding photo on a roll of Kodak C-41 – shot with a Nikon F65