BLOG #documentary

A one-stop place for things related to life, art, street and documentary photography and tips and ideas for personal photography.

The question of "what inspires you?" is thrown around so often because it can be really fascinating to find how others find their inspiration from seemingly mundane things, experiences or life events. I recently went as a moral support to a tattoo salon, and I found it really intriguing to watch another artist work so effortlessly.

Workshops is a very regular topic that comes up in our coffee and photography chats. There are so many different ways to lead, run, market and sell a photography workshop and every photographer does it in their own way. But, when it comes to street photography in particular, there is something that just doesn't feel right. Let me explain.

I've always had warm feelings about Germany and its connection to my country through education. It was very refreshing to meet Saskia, a vet surgeon from Berlin.

First of all, let me say that I do not believe in new year's resolutions. To me it's an unnecessary stress and pressure to add onto our already complicated every day lives. Waiting for that one special date where everything changes suddenly is only bound to end in a disaster in some shape or form. What I do believe in is picking a day that fits with your life and starting a project then. So, why not let it be a 365 day photography project?

I met Matilde through arts. I don't know anybody else who is so full of life and has this really vibrant aura about them. The first time I listened to a song she co-created, I just knew I'm dealing with someone extremely talented. I'm looking forward to the day when her songs will be played more and more on the radio, in concerts, and streamed online.

As we chatted over a cup of coffee in the local Nero, I would question myself - how am I relating so much to Cris? How am I relating so much to people who are from all over Europe, with different lives, and yet there is something so familiar - that inner inkling of wanting to move and try your hardest to make something out of yourself.

Through my documentary project I met up with 11 Europeans, residing in the UK, and had those really intimate conversations about how they truly feel, what home means to them, letting them express their voice in THEIR own words, reminding them and others that their opinion is VALID and is just as important.

"Would you photograph my birth?" is not a question many of us will hear in our lives. Luckily, I have been one of the fortunate ones who have been able to not only witness it with my own eyes but I have also been given the opportunity to do it through my camera.

Although I myself am fairly new to the area, I have indeed already grown accustomed to the impressive and slightly daunting cooling towers located nearby. I can fully understand the sentiment of locals watching a large part of their everyday vista suddenly disappear into the dust clouds, it's not exactly the same as slightly altering the local landscape by chopping down a few trees or adding some.

If you're from the West and elsewhere and not as familiar with the history of everything that went down east of the Berlin Wall, you might, however, have come across the new historical HBO TV mini series "Chernobyl" (2019). If you haven't yet, I highly recommend it! Wait, what does this have to do with photography?

I wouldn't go as far as ever calling myself an architecture photographer (I'm just a..photographer, I suppose), but I do enjoy the pleasing feeling of connecting lines, of watching the simplicity take over a busy scene that might be right in front of me, yet looking up I see "less is more"-kinda scene, and it simply pleases me for that moment.

Don't lie, most of us are guilty of not bothering to pick up our camera and photograph what's close to our hearts and homes. But why should we push ourselves to do it more, even if there's no immediate reward (or is there?)?