In The Mood
How true is advertising's most repeated phrase? Is sex really the most effective way to sell products? If you expect answers, this is not the place to search for them. I did not do any research, but watched some old commercials and made my own conclusion.
Every photographer has their own style. The longer I work as a photographer, the more I notice how my style consolidates, how perspectives and poses repeat. Sometimes I'm afraid of being able to keep up with the zeitgeist. It's just that I don't want to become the old guy who still takes photos from twenty years ago.
As a photographer I learned the importance of looking left and right. You find inspiration everywhere if you keep your eyes open. But what about when you want to fall asleep? Recently I learned about a trend called ASMR. And to my surprise this is eye-opening when you check it out on YouTube.
You hear me saying: inspiration is everywhere. I get inspired by so many things I see and experience. But to be honest, the truth is: Most of the time, I get uninspired. Uninspiration is part of the process, I guess. Like there is day and night, sunshine and rain or sense and nonsense.
During Corona times I happen to do a lot more desk work than usual. Currently, I am working on theoretical knowledge for my next book project. As I literally know nothing about cars, but fancy the cars and girls theme, I began to educate myself on the car subject.
For some it's a melody, for some it's a scent. For me, the right visuals get me into a feel-good mood. A mix of childhood feelings, warmth and security, combined with the exotic charme of unknown places.
I would sing this song to my cats on a daily basis (if I had cats). This Miami Vice tribute by the band Dance With the Dead from their album Out of Body is amazing. To be honest, the whole album has no filling songs. Every piece is an amazing frame of mind.
Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. At the moment I am working on the concept of my next photo book which circles around cars. Therefore I am sucking up everything inspiring about cars.
Gigi Ben Artzi is a New York-based film director and photographer. He is best known for his narrative short film and music videos. They are often disturbing, ironical, totally off or at least very unusual. What makes them inspiring to me.
While IKEA is using CGI in their catalogs for many years already, it's still not widely spread with not safe for work images. So, it was very interesting for me to discover the work of Andrew Ternell.
On my sixteenth birthday, I was celebrating with three guys and 18 outgoing girls. I had been in a school exchange and on my birthday, they were visiting us in Germany. When I saw the tilted video, it reminded me of the good times we had.