Philosophy of Photography

My philosophy of photography is not complicated

My photography work is focused on an endavour to project how I feel at the time of the shot - not just at the exact moment but my general life situation. With my photography I try to capture the world, ranging from the very small water drop collisions that only exist for a fraction of time, to larger land-, sea- and cityscapes. With the latter I do not try to create a documentary but rather capture a creative, artistic moment in time that can range from very short (like 1/1000th of a second) to long exposures in which several minutes can be capured into a single frame (which I find wildly fascinating). I do not set out to deceive the viewer but in post-processing I do try to enhance each photograph to tell the story I want to tell with it. This can be by increasing or decreasing contrast, changing the colours or whatever I feel suits the photo best. As an example, a rainy day photo might get a lot of extra contrast and darker shadows to make it more dramatic.

With my work I try to tell a story from the places I visit while also trying to do that through what I see as unique photos (at least, some I haven't seen before). Of course I am influenced by what I see elsewhere but I try to use a personal approach to something I have seen in other people's work.

As mentioned previously, I try to project how I feel at the time of the shot and I try to do that by thinking about each shot; how do I project my emotions, the feel of the place and the moment to the viewer in the best way? When I shoot, I often think "will this look great on print?" I believe the best photographs are the ones that look great on paper because a monitor, with it's bright light and saturated colours, adds to the photograph whilst paper is not as forgiving because it does not benefit from the properties of the monitor. But don't get me wrong - great photos can also be created solely for the use on screen and I do that myself as well. It's just that I consider the ones "worthy" of a print to be of the highest quality.

I am constantly learning new technniques and approaches, trying to learn bottom up, that is, get the fundamentals right and then build everything else on top of that. Slowly, but surely I am becoming better and better at conveying my intent with each photo all the way to the final print.

I really do hope that my photos will inspire you to also grab whatever cameraphone or camera you have and go out and capture stuff and share that with others in whatever format you see fit.

Finally, being one of the reasons behind this site, please do visit the shop and have a look at what I have for sale there - I'd love to carefully print, package and ship your personal, original, limited edition print to you so you can put it on a wall in your home for yours and your guests' enjoyment and inspiration.