ARTIST'S STATEMENT //
My first strong influences that sparked my interest in capturing street life go back to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and German photojournalist Thomas Hoepker. For me, a good street picture must have some thought-provoking note beyond being merely decorative, some humorous or quirky details, some kind of storyline: telling an unstaged, candid story from the big theater of life. Humour in pictures is what I like best. I like pictures that pose questions rather than provide answers. Most of my photos are taken candidly; nothing is staged or manipulated. I like chasing for the offbeat, on a quest to find some extravaganza in the ordinary, some fun element, some beautifully layered scene. Any interesting scene that hits my eye. I try to stay as invisible as possible. Finding something special in the ordinary that might only exist for a split second before it’s gone forever. The two old grannies I captured in 1991 in San Gimignano, Italy, one with the Hanimex 110 pocket camera: a time document today. As all the millions of smartphones today will be at some point in the future. I would characterise myself as a classical flaneur – though sometimes more of a long-distance runner – with a camera. Ready to take action in an instant, react to any kind of scene that strikes my fancy and unfolds in front of my camera. And that’s what I love so much about this subject: you don’t need any clumsy gear, you don’t have to travel anywhere, you're always there! That’s why it is so magical for me, many have said this before: It’s positively an obsession!
My photos have been featured in periodicals and on various digital platforms and hubs and have also received awards in international street photo festivals and competitions.