When you hear the word hypersensitivity, you immediately think of a crybaby. Someone who cries when he forgets his packed lunch. Or the bus drove away in front of them. But hyper only means excessive, and I have found that I am also more sensitive than many others.


I used to see sensitivity as a weakness. If you take something too much to heart, you're easily vulnerable. A strong man is not sensitive. That's the kind of nonsense you like to be taught in our society. Honestly, I don't know exactly how it is in today's society. But I don't want to go into that at all.

For me, it is much more important to highlight positive aspects of hypersensitivity. For example, when you see things that others don't even notice. I experience that so often. For instance, I spot an advertising poster for a concert in town. Then I think to myself, wait a minute, that concert was 15 years ago. And then I'm happy that I've discovered a forgotten poster that all the cleaners have obviously just ignored and it hasn't been removed from the facade for 15 years.

Sensitivity helps to capture and express emotions and moods

Apart from such a banal example, it is much more about creativity. People who are hypersensitive often have a keen sense of nuance and detail, which can benefit them in certain fields such as art, music, literature, or other creative fields.

Sensitivity promotes the ability to empathize with others and tell their story

Hypersensitive people can also be very empathetic and sensitive in social situations, which can help to make them especially sensitive to the needs of others in interpersonal relationships. Empathy is an important ingredient for a photo shoot to go well.

I honestly don't care if I'm hypersensitive or just very sensitive. I don't cry when I walk through a nettle bush. That's good for a start. But I am very sensitive to what is happening around me.

And that allows me to look at the world from different perspectives and find new angles. Creativity can be enhanced by increased sensitivity, as it is easier to find inspiration and ideas.

Sometimes, though, my over-sensitivity annoys me. Because where others would be satisfied, I am far from it. Increased self-criticism is the negative aspect that sensitivity brings with it. I simply try to paraphrase it positively in my writing:

Sensitivity makes it easier to pay attention to subtleties and details that often make the difference between a mediocre photo and a good one.