street & streetportraits
photo by Morgaine la Rose
"You don't take a photograph, you make it"
I was born in the south of Germany in 1965, and lived in Copenhagen and Lisbon as a child.
In 1990, I moved to Düsseldorf and live there ever since.
I love and live the Rheinland way, which is what makes me sympathise with this town.
I take photographs for a few years now- I started with an analogue camera and switched to a digital one in 2009. For some years now, however, I have been using both types. In the beginning landscapes and architecture were the focus of my photographs. Nevertheless at some point, I discovered streetphotography and developed a great love for it.
One of my greatest influences in the beginning was Marius Vieth. It was the moment when I saw one of his photographs that depicted a guy with an umbrella running through the rain, that I decid to become a street photographer myself. A candid moment shown in a very fine and sensitive way.
"I am fascinated by humans" - a sentence summing up my thrill. Their uniqueness and versatility at the same time, impresses me. It drives me towards trying to catch these moments and immortalise
them on pieces of paper.
Besides streetphotography, where I try to seize not only the special moments, but also the casual everyday-life situations, there is also the streetportraits.
I address an unknown person on the street, that catches my attention , and ask to portray him/her. It happens on the spot and usually never takes more than a few minutes. Since it all happens fairly quickly, I still achieve unselfconcious facial expressions.
That is how many of the portraits for the "beard-series", as well as others, developed.
During the past five years I have been occasionally photographing bearded men, until I decided, three years ago, to put together a whole exhibition dedicated only to them. Since then I have had my eyes wide open for them.
My personal motivation is the fact that I have a lot of fun doing it, nevertheless I also love bringing joy to the people that I portray, with the phototgraphs that I take.
Group Exhibition “Afterwork Vernissage – Photography Talents from Düsseldorf” | February 5th 2014
Group Exhibition "Düsseldorfer Nacht der Museen" l May 3rd 2014
Permanent Exhibition of Streetphotography in the "Schmuckgut" l October 24th 2014 until July 2015
Permanent Exhibition of Streetphotography and Streetportraits in the dental clinic Stuckmann/Velden l January 2015 until today
(Westwall 118, 47798 Krefeld, Germany)
Single Exhibition "Beard project" Streetportraits of bearded men in the "Vintage Fabrik" I August 14th 2015
Group Exhibition "Photopopupfair 2016" in the "Stilwerk" l April 22nd 2016 until Mayl 30th 2016
Single Exhibition "Lohmann's Welt" streetphotography and streetportraits in the "Vintage Fabrik" l October 21st 2016
Group Exhibition in "The Box" streetphotography l December 16th 2016 until January 6th 2017