Frequently Asked Questions?

For some time I thought about a section for this website dedicated to my workflow. Because many people kept asking over the years what I do, how I take my photographs, how I retouch, what gear I use and so on. But then I saw a presentation by Studio Pandan. They made a whole presentation out of their FAQ which seemed a great idea. I will add more questions and answers over time. For now, let’s start …

Are you employed or do you work as a freelancer?

In 2013 I decided to work as a full-time photographer and retoucher on a freelance base. It’s not a hobby. It’s a job. And I really like what I am allowed to do every day.

Photographer is not a real job‽

“Photography? That's easy. All you have to do is push the button.”, This is a usual response when people learn what I do for a living.

Are you interested in analog film photography?

Yes, partly. I took and developed analog film myself but nowadays I am 100% focused on digital imagery. Despite that from time to time I play around with Polaroids. But this is just a hobby.

Do you manipulate/ retouch your photographs?

Yes, I do.

Why do you use Photoshop?

We all have viewing habits. Also there is a difference in looking at someone face to face or at a photograph. The perception is totally different. You see more details, you pay much more attention to flaws, blemeshes, spots, wrinkles, dark under-eyes, you name it. In addition a camera gives its own interpretation of the real world that mostly is not the result you would expect and – more importantly – accept. Retouching helps to correct this.

Long story short: I match perception and reality.

It seems you take a lot of photos in and for the type scene, right?

It depends on the perspective. From within the scene it may look I am only taking photographs of type designers, studios, and so on. For me it’s just a small fraction of my time. And no, I am not employed by Monotype. It’s a client like many others, too. I just really like all things type.

Do I find your photographs in the wild?

Yes, you certainly do. Besides the client work you may find some photos on several websites like WELT, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, Wired Italy, Berliner Morgenpost, Time, Women’s Health, NBC Los Angeles, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Engadget, Encyclopædia Britannica, and many more.