I was born in 1979 in a small town in East Germany (then GDR) and was raised there until I was 18 years old. After finishing higher education entrance qualification (A-levels) I took German and English studies for one year and then switched to media technology, which I studied for 5 years. During my studies and afterwards I worked in different jobs. Eventually I gave them up to focus only on photography.
When I was 15 I discovered my love for photography when my grandfather gave me his old SLR camera
(a Praktica). I began to photograph still lifes, plants and ruins and was quickly hooked to the idea of capturing and holding short moments that were quickly fading. In order to have more control over the final results, I bought the components for a darkroom from my pocket money and later from my wages. I loved experimenting with exposure, coloring etc and all the possibilities that arose from it.
I encountered the arrival of the digital age in photography with aversion and restraint, which made me feel compelled to distance myself from my beloved photography. It could be described as having the feeling that all the time I spent in mastering the analogue photography and all the hours I spent in the darkroom were suddenly for nothing. I saw that other photographers achieved better results in less time with less effort.
However, I was never really able to separate myself from my passion, so I decided to buy my first digital SLR camera in 2009. Immediately I was back in my element and all the thoughts of lost times and unfairness were forgotten and I considered my analogous time completely as a learning process, which also led me to a greater understanding of digital photography.
I started working with different photo editing programs to have more liberties regarding the end results. In this way, if the realistic stage or person did not fit my idea, I was able to make the changes that were necessary to get the best outcomes. One can say the time I was spending in the darkroom was similar to the time I now spent in editing programs and beyond.
2013 was the point where I decided that photography as my art should fill my entire life. It was a decision of split feelings. On one hand, I was worried because the life of an artist is in most cases not an easy one and comes often with a lot deprivations. On the other hand, I was excited and could not wait to invest more time with what drives me. There is no regret till this day and despite some difficulties I am more than happy with this decision.
The engine for my pictures are my ideas and thoughts. Often in my life I have felt as an observer. Almost never I had the desires or needs my girlfriends had and I was never really interested in “typical woman issues“. A lot of times I felt “social awkward“ and experienced many moments as a kind of theater play. It was never a pain to play those roles but I was very happy and relieved when I could get out and escape into my own world of thoughts, which often seems to be so much different from the real world. More interesting and sometimes darker. With this I think, you could call me a daydreamer. I love to invent a new cosmos in my head, to exist in it and occasionally to present some brief moments and extracts in form of my photographs to the outside world
Often I work in short series. They give me a feeling that these creatures from my personal dream world are not alone. They are surrounded by friends or enemies, but never alone. In addition, my thoughts often overlap. This is not a problem in my head but it is not possible to put all related ideas into one photograph.
For the viewers of my pictures, I wish they could flee into these worlds for a short time or they could form their own. And for me, I hope to never leave my dream worlds.
October 2017 - Expositie op Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, London by Ronen Art Gallery
September 2017 - Article "Anatomie Of A Photograhy" in magazine DODHO
June 2017 - Honorable Mention Moscow International Foto Awards for my work "demons II"
November 2016 - Article about my series "a question of regularity" by magazine "theartbo"
June 2016 -Honorable Mention for my wig series in Paris Photo competion Px3 2016
January 2016 - cover photo and exclusive interview in magazine "apf artphotofeature"
November 2015 - cover photo and article in online magazine PHOTGRAPHIZE
November 2015 - Bronze in 62nd Singapore International Photography Award 2015 for my photo -handsome-
October 2015 -Honorable Mention for my wig series in London International Creative Competition 2015
October 2015 - Honorable Mention for my wig series and my portfolio in Moscow Photography Award 2015
September 2015 - Honorable Mention for my wig-series in International Photography Award 2015
July 2015 - Highly commended winner at KL International Photography Award
June 2015 - Honorable Mention in sector Portraiture at the Exposure Award 2015
May 2015 - Interview for the James Robinson Photography Blog
April 2015 - Gold medal in sector "Self-portraits" at "Trierenberg Super Circuit"
April 2015 - article in magazine "Ondine"
April 2015 - cover photo on magazine "Ondine"
March 2015 - article in the online magazine "Beautiful/Decay"
March 2015 - article on "Fotocommunity"
March 2015 - article in the "View fotocommunity"
October 2014 - Gold medal of excellence award at "Trierenberg Super Circuit"
September/October 2014 - article in magazine "Fotocommunity"
September 2014 - shows on stage at Photokina 2014 for Sony
August 2014 - article in magazine "ColorFoto"
March/April 2014 - cover photo on magazine "Fotocommunity"
August/September 2013 - article in the online magazine "shot"
June 2013 - article in the online magazine "dodho"