Behind The Scenes
Here is a drawing by Lugduni Batavorum. I could have taken any picture out there to explain my thoughts, but the classic one by Magritte is copyrighted, so we can have a closer look at this piece of art instead.
Lately I sometimes wonder how nude photography will continue. I'm getting older and times are changing. By now I have much more experience, know much better what I want to portray, but the social change is clearly working against me.
It is December. Like so often I get up before sunrise, because I am a morning person. I open the balcony door and while I brush my teeth, I look at the sea. I hear the Fred Olsen ferry coming from Lanzarote and it toots three times as it enters the harbor. A light breeze, rather warm than cold, blows around my ears and I know that today will be a good day.
I had a dream. And when I woke up, the images were still there in a very concrete way. Unfortunately, that does not happen very often. Sometimes you only remember vaguely or not at all. Because the images were so intense, it made me think.
Bigger, faster, further. This ever-popular motto has always gotten on my nerves. And because last year I had the idea for the smallest works of art in the world, I thought that this year there should be a continuation.
This year I wrote so many articles for my blog, so I thought I allow myself once again an off-topic article in the pre-Christmas period. Let us toast with a delicious homemade mulled wine fruit punch!
With every photo project these days, you create accompanying video footage. It has become so commonplace because it can be used very well for online marketing. Even for my own projects, such as my next photo book, I force myself to do this.
The year is slowly coming to an end and you might wonder where my Playmate spread for Playboy Germany this year is. Don't worry, here it comes! The December issue of the German Playboy magazine has just been published and in it you can see a Playmate pictorial that I shot with Bianca on Tenerife.
Stefan and Timo from the podcast After Shooting End invited me and so I went to Gießen to speak with them for an hour and a half about my work as a photographer, my work for Playboy and a bit nerdy about photography. Take a listen.
This is once again a very personal article. I ask myself the question where I would like to live in the future. To this day I live exactly 25 years in Frankfurt. I have not lived longer in any other place. Yet Frankfurt is actually not a good city for a photographer.
Reading and learning body language are really powerful tools when working as a photographer or model. A sexy facial expression is usually a little bit evil, with a poker face and slightly squinted eyes. But smiling in nude photography is massively underestimated!
I have been working on a new book since 2019. During the pandemic, I had to forgo larger projects for almost two whole years. In the meantime, however, I travel a lot again and have planned great picture series. For this I am looking for models. This is a model call.
Each era brings with it a certain spirit of the times. The 70s were characterized by the spirit of the hippie movement. Love, Peace and Happiness. In the 80s, computers made their first appearances in everyday life and music, and the economic boom shaped a decade. And where are we today?
As a society, we're not really good at talking openly about sex. But since we have a stereotyped thinking, I feel it's pretty important to be assigned to the right stereotype. So what counts as pornography? And what is erotica?
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.