Where are you currently located / living?
I am currently living in Berlin, Germany.
Your age / how long have you been involved with photography?
I’m 20 years old now. I always had fun playing around with cameras, 2010 I bought my first ‘real’ camera and got into skateboard photography.
Skater: Chris Döbrich
What keeps you excited about skateboard photography after the many years you have been involved?
The same that keeps me excited about skateboarding: being outside with the homies, discovering new places and having a good time. That’s what skateboarding is about for me – and so is photography. The best pictures are shot during a good session with friends, not on planned photo missions with only one skater.
What role does editing play in your creative process and creating your aesthetic?
Well, on the one hand, photos get created with a camera, not with a computer. On the other hand I think it’s necessary to do a bit of general editing to make your photos look better. I try to shoot a photo that looks good on the camera already, and give it the final touch on the computer.
Skater: Marcus Werner
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I use a Nikon D300, but also love to shoot film with my Nikon F801 and my Canon AE-1.
Favorite photography accessory other than your camera?
Instagram. Haha, just kidding. I’m using one of those ‘angle finders’ for fisheye shots, my neck is thankful for this one! Shout out to my man Jonas Wedelstädt, thanks for the advice!
What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?
Hard to say. In my opinion, there’s no general formula for a good photo. I’m stoked when I see a really close and dynamic fisheye photo with good lightning, but right now I really love to see spacious available light shots. It’s all about the composition!
Skater: Konrad Waldmann
Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Aaron Smith. Such a perfect but still individual style of shooting skateboarding. Always a good inspiration!
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?
Choosing the ‘right’ equipment to go shoot with. Sometimes you’re way more creative when you only have a film camera with a 50mm lens.
What has been one of your most memorable photographs and why?
Thorsten Ballhause’s 17 stair rail boardslide. I’ve never seen someone so concentrated, being so focused on a trick. I didn’t have much time to find a good angle and build up flashes because he was so ready to do it. Finally the photo turned out good, both of us were happy with it and it got printed. Cheers mate!
Skater: Thorsten Ballhause
What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?
Don’t invest all of your money in 30 flashes and 40 lenses. At first, understand what makes a good and memorable photo. Furthermore it’s not always the hardest trick at the biggest spot that makes the photo look good.
And last but not least: Keep on skateboarding yourself. Save the feeling of having a nice session with your buddies!
References of your past and present photography work
Currently I work for Titus Lites Trucks, Inpeddo Skateboards and Ergo Clothing Germany.
Got my stuff published in Monster Skateboard Magazine, Place Mag, Titus Brettkollegen, Humbug and Achterdeck Magazine till now. Time to say thank you!
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