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Interview: Photographer Grischa Georgiew (Germany)
Tell us something about yourself
I was born in 1969 in former eastern Germany, and now I regulaearly work as an engineer in the paper industry. Got my first camera in the age of 14 and made all the family fotos on black & white in the dark room of my father. Later on I was more interested in making music than making photos. But when I bought my first digital camera in 2004 when my second daughter was born, the virus of photography was injected again.
How and when did you get into photography?
My father took a lot of photographs and showed me how to develop the pictures on film and paper. So I got interested.
What does photography mean to you?
Not so easy to describe..switching off the daily stress, fully focused on the image – doesn’t matter if it’s a portrait, a fashion pose, a landscape or something else. I’s a subject to me where I’m able to put all my passion into it – that starts with the content or the model and further leads to the style of retouching and color look. I try to create something, that the viewer hang and stay on it with his eyes not for just some seconds.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
The last years I’m more busy in fashion, portrait or beauty photography – but it changes a bit through the times. I’like to create a style that is timeless, elegant but still natural and not to much retouched.
Where do you get inspiration from?
My actual style was not very much influenced of famous photographers. I like very much photographers that create pictures in the light mood of classic paintings. I very much like photographers like Andrzej Dragan, Erwin Olaf, Ellen von Unwerth, Jaques Olivar, David Burton and some others..
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Not really – I know the location, the style and the models and theres is a raw idea how the picture should look like. But next year I try to shot a story of love and jealousy in an oldfashioned theater – with this I have already the complete story and creation of pictures in my mind. I’m afraid I will not finish all shots in one day.
Studio, on location or both?
Both is possible. Dont have an own studio but in my surrounding I book the right studio If I need one.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
In the moment I would like to do it as a hobby due to the fact, that I can pick out the projects or jobs I like to do.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was a late summershooting with two amazing hippie-girls and an old T1 Bully-Camper. Doing some shots on an old railroad track I tryed to tell the assist how to hold the reflector and during this I fell into a blackbery bush and my leg was bloody scratched by the thornes. Later on the mainboard of my brand new Nikon D4 wasn’t able to control the focus.. Had so much adrenaline that the leg starts hurting when it was late in the evening. But the results were very satisfying..
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
It could be several things but actually I thing it’s the original 60’s look of the mentioned theater that let me dream of a complete editorial story. But usually it could be a film, or just a location or photographs of other photographers
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I don’t like these comparisons. I started with Nikon in 2004 because I had still an old Nikon lens I would like to use. So I still keep on Nikon but it matters nothing to me. It’s just a tool – nothing more. The result of a photographer is the picture that the people evaluate if he does the job well – not the tool.
The 85 / 1,4 is definitely my favourite lens?
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
...don’t know because I did not even started my own business that feeds me J But I have the feeling that it would be importand to me to get into dependencies that negatively affect your own creativity
What do you think of our new magazine?
It is an excellent and highclass platform to present professional photographic works.
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