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How and when did you get into photography?

I studied photography on “Die Graphische” in Vienna ( a school especially for photographers ). Then working in the studio of my dad. Since 2003 i’m the owner of this studio.

My first contact with nude photography was in the academy where I studied photography, then there was a break from maybe 7 years. The real beginning was when I produced my first “Black & White” calendar back in 2002. From that day on the nude shoots became more and more important. This year i’m producing my first book, which will be published in september.


What does photography mean to you?

A way to express my thoughts, a way to meet lots of interesting people and work with them. A way to be creative and to ban moments on my HDD. Creating memories is the best aspect for me. Everytime i’m looking at the pics, i remember what happened during the shoot ( or during i took this picture, if it was jaust on vacation for example )


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

A friend of mine called it once lifestylenudephotography.  When it’s possible i shoot with available light, or maybe with some sunbouncers. I like it natural. The models shouldn’t pose too much, that’s the reason why i make more pictures during a shooting.


Where do you get inspiration from?

Books, photography websites, different locations, i would say even from everywhere.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

No -  I have no plan at the beginning ( well, no plan is maybe not the truth. I have to check the location first and then i have an idea of what to shoot there. But i don’t draw sketches or things like that )


Studio, on location or both?

Both. I have a studio on my own, but prefer to shoot on location as it’s more interesting for me to shoot in different places.


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I’m a paid professional and have to make a living with my pictures.


What has been your most memorable session and why?

There were so many shootings through the years and i have many memorable situations, so there is not only one session which is in my mind forever. Maybe the week in sicily with three models was something very special for me, because we have been on different places like etna, bar vitello ( the one from the movie “the godfather” ).


What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

Before starting to work as a photographer it was the book “pictures” by herb ritts. That’s the reason why i started shooting.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

At the moment nikon d4 and hasselblad, lens: 70-200 , 1:2,8


What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Shoot,shoot,shoot. The business is getting tougher, no one wants to spend money. So never concentrate on one style only. The more different styles you are able to shoot, the better.


What do you think of our new magazine?

I think it’s done with love and there are a lot of great pictures in it. Looking at other photographers is something which is always interesting.

Interview: Photographer Martin Wieland (Austria)

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