If there is one thing I have learned from the first ten months with my gallery, it’s the fact that people from Kiel love to see (and buy) pictures of Kiel. Challenge accepted! Here are the first three which I’m printing these days.
I’ve always found it hard to find interesting subjects or compositions in German cities. To me personally America is still one of the places most inviting to dive into photography. All those fruits and problems of unleashed capitalism and individualism make it tempting for a German small-town guy to explore and get lost. The US offers a good balance between ‘easy’ and ‘interesting’: the culture is western and familiar while most things are a little off in German eyes – which seems to cause a constant tickle in those brain regions that process little weirdnesses.
Anyway, back to Germany. Unless this is exactly what you are trying to capture, Germany is too tamed and regulated to show an interesting surface to the brain-tickle-spoiled random walking camera man.
It must be the fact that everything is so extremely in order and taken care of. When roaming German streets it becomes visually evident that efficiency, practicality and conformity rules the German mind. That’s all fine, but how do you take stills that tell interesting stories or set a certain mood in such streets?
One way could be to deliberately misinterpret the things you see and turn them into something mysterious. Maybe I will try this more often. Is this artistic or a survival strategy? Is it a Burning Man withdrawal symptom, or is spending your evening with a phone booth the next step to insanity? Whatever it is, it can be fun. Fun as long as you manage to deal with the lurking German eyes behind the window curtains that keep hiding every time you look up.
So here are all the details about the upcoming photo show in Kiel. Feel free to come over and hang out with me and a bunch of nice people in this super cozy cafe.
Another thing I’m happy about is that I got to be part of a group of exciting photographers representing Photocircle in the latest issue of Photographie Magazin. It’s in stores since a couple of days. It reminds me that I should be more active with Photocircle. Everything they do is awesome!
After all, things are not always great. I just canceled a contract with another gallery because of the way they dealt with me and other photographers. Weird and unfair experiences bring me closer to do more on my own. Big news will follow… but for now, YAY! for being published in a shiny magazine…again!