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Interview: Photographer Walo Thoenen (Switzerland)

Tell us something about yourself:
Born 1950 in Zurich (Switzerland). Grown up in Schaffhausen, small town near german border. After m studies I became an ophthalmic optician and later to a master degree. I worked in many different towns as Lugano, Geneva,Stockholm, St.Gallen, Olten, Bienne, Heerbrugg, Bellinzona stopping my carrier in 1982 in a car crash. Since then I dedicate my time to the photography. Photoshop since 1994, full digital with a Fuji SLR (Nikon F90) in 2001.

How and when did you get into photography?
My grand father was a professional getting me in touch with the medium very early. Atthe age of 17 I started to take pictures with my first Reflex a Miranda Sensorex 35mm. In 1992 I decided to specialize in people photography, preferring nude and elegant erotics to any other form of photography.

What does photography mean to you?
It’s my preferred form of expression getting and giving emotions trough photographs. Celebrating the human body at its best.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Warm, elegant and provocative (for some). I prefer life to posing. and »Keep it simple and stupide«

Where do you get inspiration from?
Books, movies and stories. And of course from other photographes.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Seldom, but I know how my picture shell look after the postproduction.

Studio, on location or both?
On location, indoor and outdoor. Daylight and, if necessary mixed with speedlights.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Passionate photographer, some times paid…..

What has been your most memorable session and why?
The last session with a couple. Very nice session achieving the light as I pre visualized.

What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
The beauty of woman. Emotions and elegance.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon: 2.8/24-70mm zoom and 1.8/85mm

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Be your self and never stop learning.


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