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Be Vulnerable

Too often, I’m not satisfied with my photographs. Superficially they might be ‘beautiful’ – but what do I feel when I look at them? Nothing. They’re like a pretty face that’s pleasant to look at, but exchangeable with any other, blank. I figured that the lack of emotions is due to the fact that I’m still a beginner. My focus isn’t on conveying emotions yet. Instead, I’ve been working on the theme and atmosphere. I’ve also been playing safe, following other photographers and trying out...

Faded Magic

I see three ghosts from my past in a day, people I haven’t seen for ages. In a time long gone, I was in unhealthy relationships with two of them – for reasons I don’t understand anymore. The possibility of a confrontation makes me feel uneasy, but emotionally I’m unaffected. The unjustified accusations of being needy and emotionally dependent, the control imposed over me, the self-esteem I lost because I was too young to know how to defend my boundaries, the tears of...

Inspiring Musicians

Musicians are an inspiring bunch of people. Yesterday I went to a concert of an amazing Icelandic band called Vök. Check out their music if you don’t know them and see for yourself. On stage, just a few meters in front of us, stands this group of likeable young people, spreading good vibes. The singer, Margrét, looks lovely and I fell in love with her voice the moment I heard it – just one week ago. Funny that I end up being...

Work Hard

I love my work. I love being out with old friends or new people, the comforting weight of the camera in my right hand. I love creating something beautiful, make people feel good about themselves. This passion has made me work quite hard from the moment I started taking photography seriously. It means the world to me. Like many others, I like to look at beautiful photographs that inspire me. But too often, that sneaky voice that compares myself to others kicks in. Look at...

My most inspiring encounter

Two months ago, something incredible happened. It was one of the most inspiring encounters I’ve ever had. I’m a fan of Antje Babendererde, a German author who mainly writes novels for young adults set in Native American Reservations, ever since I’ve first read a novel of hers eight years ago. This April, I finally got the chance to meet her in person – in Gotha, where she grew up. Because of some confusion and many fruitless phone calls beforehand (I was told it...