Hi! I'm Adam!
I'm a fine art
Fine Art Moody Landscapes.
A World In Black & White
Experimental Street Photography.
Beautiful, yet meaningless.
I started with ambitious photography sometime in 2012. I had actually already been taking photos from time to time before that, but I still felt more connected to the lomography scene, so I preferred to shoot playfully with 35mm film and analogue cameras like the Holga. At some point I decided to take things a bit more seriously. With a second-hand Sony A500, I started to look at composition and light. Like most photographers, I started to look at the landscapes in my region. I drove through my home several times a week hoping for the most beautiful sunsets. Even today, I still love sunsets, but I almost only take such photos when I have found an exciting location on holiday. It is important for me to keep developing as an artist. I believe that I am yet to take my best photo. Over time, I have let myself be caught by the fascination of black and white photography. In the meantime, I tend to look for motifs in the streets of cities. On a photo walk, I look at the world differently than most people - where others just see a shadow on the wall, I see leading lines, perspectives and contrasts. And of course the opportunity to finally take my very best photo!
What I love about fine art photography is that I can depict a scene as I see it, completely free of dogma and rules. I love to create photos that seem to be from a dark and diffuse dream. In fine art photography, I am free to compose a photo as I have seen it in my mind's eye. The basis of such a work is always a photo that I have taken, preferably in a misty landscape. I alter this photo through analogue or digital filters in such a way that I depict a scene that seems to have emerged from a dark dream. From Vaseline on the lens to reflections or digital filters - the only limit in fine art photography is your own imagination.
Photographing modern architecture is something I haven't mastered for that long. In the meantime, I know the tricks of the great photos that show modern buildings in a spectacular way in fineart style. Photos that motivate the viewer to marvel and pause. It's not just about photographing the building. It is more about perspective, shading and above all: spectacular shapes! In order to have a unique selling point in such photos, I try to get extreme perspectives on such buildings. Often I have to contort myself to do this and may have a painful neck the next day. But if the result is a great photo, it's always worth the effort!
In street photography, photographers talk about the "decisive moment". It is about capturing the unique moment. An unstaged situation on the street that has never existed before and will never exist again. That's what excites me about street photography: capturing a unique moment for eternity. This genre of photography is not new. Already at the end of the 19th century, photographers started to capture life in the streets. Over time, great works have been created by legendary artists such as Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson or Vivian Maier.
Is black-and-white photography the royal class of photography? Perhaps. I do not believe it. For me it is more a question of taste. I know many fantastic photographers who don't shoot in black and white. But for me it was clear at some point that I am much more comfortable with desaturated photos than with colourful photos. I like the gloomy and dark. Low key photos with a lot of contrast, that's exactly my thing. And there's something timeless about taking photos in black and white. It's a different way of photographing. Simply desaturating in Photoshop is not enough. Black and white only works if you pay attention to contrasts when you're photographing. And you should also somehow get to grips with negative space.
Sometimes I get bored with just taking a street photo. Then I start doing weird things to make everything a bit more exciting and unpredictable. Either I grab one of my old Minolta cameras and shoot everything with expired 35mm film. Or I take a shot of Vaseline and slap it on the lens. Of course, I screwed an obscure Trikolor filter on it beforehand, which I bought at a flea market. Or I set the shutter to 1/15 and just see what comes out. And if that's not enough, I add another filter in Photoshop. Sometimes I even do it all together. Every now and then I even get a pretty good photo out of it.
Those who have made it this far should get a small reward: Photos in Colour. Every now and then it's nice not to completely desaturate the photo. I do this much less often than in my early days as a photographer, but it does make for some nice photos. I take most colour pictures when I'm on holiday somewhere and I can combine a beautiful motif with a dramatic sunset. Here is a small selection from Denmark, Bavaria, Holland and a few older photos from the region where I live.
If you would like to support my and my work it would be nice if you'd buy me something from my amazon wishlist. I am a collector of vinyl records and i can use a gifted longplay way more then a monetary donation.