There are some typical questions that as a photographer people always ask you:
How did you get into photography? I don’t know, I just did. I suspect it was something to do with it being the easiest class in high school that you could get a good grade in without doing that much.
What photographers inspire you? (shit I don’t know) Insert some generic answer, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson.
I hated answering these questions always feeling like I didn’t have a good enough answer, that I didn’t know the work of “world famous, pioneering” photographers.
The truth is I was never really inspired by other photographers because it didn’t ever cross my mind that I should be.
Instead I draw my inspiration from the world around me.
I am lucky that the world around me now includes two seriously talented men.
Marcel Schwickerath. (photo by Florian Büttner)
I met Marcel about six months after moving to Berlin we worked together with another photographer and quickly became friends, I liked the way he saw the world.
Florian Büttner. (photo by Marcel Schwickerath)
I first met Florian through his girlfriend the lovely Julia who is a stylist and worked on some jobs with Marcel and I. I had heard he was a good photographer…….
In August last year our worlds collided when I was looking for a work space and Marcel and Florian had one free in the office they shared. It would be easy to think that having three photographers working in the same space that their would be some competition between us but you would be wrong, I have never worked with people who inspire me so much because they are so damn good at what they do and they do it with ease.
Now if you ask me the question: What photographers inspire you? I can without hesitation say Marcel Schwickerath and Florian Büttner . If you don’t know their work I pity you. (hint: click on their names to view their websites)