Interview with Marc Kellermann
Question 1. How did you get into photography?
Answer 1. “I got into photography three years ago because my brothers band needed some photos for their webpage and for the newspapers. Those photos had nothing to do with the photos I take nowadays when it comes to atmosphere and style. They were really basic but they helped me to understand photography and the technical aspects more.”
Question 2. Why do you continue to take photographs? (Besides the fact that you enjoy taking pictures
Answer 2. “Photography is magical. I often take a certain picture and think it could work for something or I even think it’s shit and after the editing process they turn into a totally different image and I like it. This nervous feeling really drives me.”
Question 3. What conditions do you prefer to shoot in?
Answer 3. “I always try to keep everything as relaxed and spontaneously as possible. Sometimes I just go outside and take random pictures of things I like or when it comes to shootings with models I try to take photos between the „serious, posed photos“. Maybe it’s not how professionals do it but those images are often the good ones in my opinion. You know, the not planned ones. It works for me. Of course I do plan some shootings in advance or I think about an atmosphere I want to convey but I had a lot of situations in which I wanted a certain outcome but I end up with totally different but great results. A lot of the work is improvised. I really like the uncertainty because I never know for sure which photos will make it into public while shooting them. It always makes me want to go home immediately after the shooting and check the images on my laptop.”
Question 4. Do you like to shoot film or digital and why?
Answer 4. “I used to experiment with film photography but at some point I realized it was too expensive for me and I didn‘t feel the freedom I have when I take pictures with my digital camera when it comes to the amount of pictures at shootings and the editing afterwards. In my opinion you can edit digital images to make them look analog although many „analog-fans“ don‘t like that which is completely fine but… I just don‘t want to limit myself with film photography. Don‘t get me wrong, I appreciate the „romantic“ part of it and I like grain, a little bit of blurriness etc. but for the work I do digital cameras are a lot more useful. I still own some analog cameras though and I do like to use old vintage lenses on my Sony A6300.”
Question 5. How is photography changing the world in your opinion?
Answer 5. “Photography is a permanent and omnipresent part of our society. Almost everyone owns at least a smartphone that has a quite decent camera. You can create great images with low budget equipment and that makes photography much more accessible for everyone which is great. I don‘t take it too seriously that there are a lot of allegedly „bad“ images out there which is probably known criticism. Of course taking images loses some of it‘s exclusiveness but anyway - let people take photos. The ability to freeze moments in photos is such a great invention and it‘s there for everyone.”
Question 6. How important do you think it is to take a creative break?
Answer 6. “At least for me it‘s very important or let‘s say necessary. Sometimes I take a lot of nice images in a row, I’m happy with the results but often I feel like everything I do is not as good as the work of other artists. I need the timeout to reflect my work, receive new input and realize my work is not as bad as I think. Sometimes I discover old photos and see them in a different light than three or six months or a year before and then I try out new editing techniques I learnt in the meantime and end up with a pleasing image. Creative breaks are always good to sort your thoughts and reset your work.”
EDITED BY CARL PACK.
HEAD EDITOR OF CROSSWALKS MAGAZINE.