Behind The Scenes
At the moment I'm reading several books about creativity and I'm thinking a lot about what it takes to be an artist. Although I've been in museums constantly since I was a child, I think artists are geniuses, of which there are very few. And I have the idea that you have to do something down-to-earth professionally and cannot achieve living from art. Why?
Sometimes it happens that a shoot has to be cancelled. I knock on wood. Fortunately, it hasn't happened to me for a long time. But from talking to other photographers, I know the problem all too well. And so here is the ultimate list of the five most popular shoot cancellations.
Skin tones play a big role in my work and I spend a lot of time adjusting colors in post production. There are skin tones that I find particularly beautiful. And those that we all find particularly beautiful. All of us? No, it's not quite that simple.
For the 50th anniversary of Playboy Germany, I was invited to design one of 50 cover motifs. For me, this was a huge honor and a project that I was really excited about. I was given a free hand in the design. Only a reference to Playboy had to be recognizable.
Currently, my calendar for 2023 is in print. This is always a special moment, because unpacking and signing the finished copies feels special every year. I put a lot of effort into creating a beautiful calendar that you can enjoy for a whole year.
In terms of my photography, I also deal with role stereotypes and social issues around the zeitgeist. I describe myself as a feminist. Rarely have discussions on the subject been so wild as in the current time.
Our brain is a masterpiece. An insanely good machine. But it is also easily fooled. When we look at a painting, we are aware that this work is a representation of a painter. But with a photograph, the brain has a harder time. A photograph appears to be objective.
If you watch an older movie, you immediately realize that the narration speed used to be slower. A film from the 90s seems immediately lame. Even without being a film expert, we feel it subconsciously. In recent years, life in all areas has become many times faster.
I am constantly looking for new models for my calendar and book projects. However, the formerly successful model platforms are hardly ever used by prospective models. Everyone is on Instagram these days. And one thing really struck me.
I just returned from Paris and one of my first walks was to the newsstand. I bought a copy of the new Playboy Germany edition that just came out. The edition is called June and the numbering is confusing me a little as it's just the beginning of May. But that's not the point here.
Our life is based on experiences. We collect these from a young age on. We try to get up, fall down and this is how we learn to walk. At some point we eat a chocolate cake for the first time or swim in the sea. These moments shape us (not speaking about calories here). First times are always something special.