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Interview: Photographer Nick Lauckner (Germany)
Tell us something about yourself
I am Nick Lauckner, 17 years old and a photographer from Germany. I’m still going to school and will do my A-levels next year.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started with photography about 5 years ago when I received my first DSLR as a present. At the beginning I literally photographed everything what walked in front of my camera. I practiced a lot, learned to understand the camera and the settings. At the end oaf 2015 I started to focus more and more on portrait photography. Finally, last year in June/July, I found my own (style) of photography.
What does photography mean to you?
For myself photography is more than just taking beautiful pictures. A photograph (should) always tell something about the person in front but also the person behind the camera. Especially in portrait photography it’s a very important part which the most photographers don't care about anymore I think. Furthermore I can express myself (my thoughts, my feelings,…) with photography. It’s a huge part for myself in reprocessing bad occurrences from the past.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My style of photography…the most of my pictures are black and white with deep blacks, in addition my pictures are really natural. I am using photoshop very rarely and often I shoot the model with very sparse or no make up.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Sometimes I can’t sleep because I am thinking about personal problems. To fight against this thoughts I’m taking a paper and pencil and just writing down my current thoughts. Often there occur scripts for shoots. I think art often develops from problems or pain. The other way is definitely much easier. Scrolling trough Pinterest or Facebook and collecting some ideas which I like to realize.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
As already written in answer no 5: sometimes there are quite planned concepts which I like to realize. Other times I’m just meeting with a model and shoot a little bit. To answer the question: - yes and no.
Studio, on location or both?
Mostly on location. Shoots in the studio only sometimes. And if - then the NOIRstudio near Frankfurt (Main).
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was with a model in Zurich last August. The atmosphere was absolutely great and the pictures really have a big soul. I still love the results of this session.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
The biggest inspiration for me and my photography were and still are Peter Lindbergh, Vincent Peters and Jean Noir. In addition: my own thoughts and feelings.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon! An EOS 6D and an EOS 50E (analogue) and just a Sigma 85m 1.4 (non Art). Thats all I have. (and I am completely happy with it! ;-) ).
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I think in this point I can’t give somebody a big word of advice. Just one thing: fight for what you want, with all you have and you can achieve anything you want. Don’t care about if somebody wants to butt in your plans. The most people don’t know enough about you and aren't able to understand why you're doing things the way you do them. There should only a few count of people in your life which should be able to give you the right advices to the right time. The other advices from people which don't know you and you don't know…give a fuck and go on!
What do you think of our new magazine?
Modelland is a nice magazine and I am happy about getting the chance for a collaboration.