July 3, 2020
THE BIGGER PICTURE
IN CONVERSATION WITH STEFAN HELLWEGER
Photography by Stefan Hellweger
Interview by Karin Svadlenak Gomez
Photographer Stefan Hellweger finds inspiration in art, science, music, and the photography of others. He thinks that having a personal or emotional connection to a scene or subject helps to get good pictures, if you can translate that emotion into your photographs. To Stefan, human presence in photos adds interest, and he mostly enjoys walking about the streets of his home town and documenting life. Beyond that, content is important to him, and he seeks to use his photography to draw attention to particular causes or issues.
"If your pictures are not good enough you weren't close enough."
"This might be the most quintessential quote for everybody in street- and documentary photography. Although I think it is often misunderstood. It is not only about physical closeness (which is a good thing in these genres) but being closely related to the scene and the atmosphere you are about to show in your photographs."