We received many impressive photos from dedicated photographers for our Datacolor photo contest about travel and landscape photography that took place in Germany during summer 2017. Our jury had a hard time selecting the five winning images, as so many photos would have deserved to be awarded. In order to savor these wonderful images, we will present some of these pictures in our blog from time to time, introduce you to the photographer and tell the story behind the image.
Anke U. Neumeister
Born and raised in Berlin/Pankow
University Studies Biology and Psychology (Diploma)
Freelance Photographer in Leipzig
Studies Press and Public Relations
When did you start your photography?
There was no real key moment, I didn’t get my first analogue Leica camera from my grandfather or anything like that. It evolved slowly and grew organically. I probably got the sense for compositions and the love for working creatively from my mother, who was an arts teacher. And from my grandmother who still creates her letters in a very original fashion at 103 years of age. I started to experiment with video cameras when I was in school and back then I already did a traineeship at a photo studio.
Is photography your hobby or your profession?
I don’t make a living of my photography and I don’t really think I would want to. It is a tough business, which doesn’t offer a lot of security, no matter which photographic niche you choose. I like to work on projects or assignments that allow me to work passionately and from the heart. If I had to financially rely on photography I’d be afraid I would no longer appreciate the positive aspects of it.
How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story about it?
It was my first vacation spent in North Friesland, Germany. On the very second day I had to stay in bed because of fever and food poisoning. I already thought this would be the end of my vacation – no walks in the protected area of the Nationalpark Wadden Sea, no images of romantic Nordic landscapes… But then I slowly got better and my partner who happens to be a guy from the North and I decided to visit the Westerhever Lighthouse on one of these ice-cold January days. My fingers froze when I captured the picturesque landscape – the lighthouse being circled by four seagulls and the light of the setting sun. In this very moment, I completely forgot about being sick.
Who and/or what inspires you most?
I like being inspired by my photographic idols like Sebastião Salgado, Annie Leibovitz, James Nachtwey or Steve McCurry, but I also find inspiration in my everyday surroundings.
What’s your photographic focus?
I love the photojournalistic approach as I find it stimulating to recognize and capture the perfect moment. I think fashion photography or taking images of flawless people matching the current beauty ideals is less intriguing. I noticed that it bores me easily. Of course, it is of importance to me to take aesthetic images of people, but I prefer people that didn’t know about their beauty before and are taken by surprise by these images. My favorite compliment is when people tell me that those are the first images taken of them, that they actually like and in which they feel recognized.
What’s your next photo project, your next challenge?
I would love to create a photo exhibition about my granny. I already have enough images, but so far she isn’t too happy about the idea of me showing images of her publicly.
Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?
When working with Photoshop and wanting to print my images, the topic of color management cannot be ignored. I admit that I still have to learn a little, but Datacolor’s Spyder5CAPTURE PRO would most certainly help me to reproduce consistent colors from input to output. But so far, I don’t own the set or even single products.
What do you do with your photos? Do you print them, post them on your social media accounts or your website, or do they simply stay on your hard drive?
It feels great to have my own printed images in my hands or to give them away as presents. I try to do it as often as possible. Other than that, a selection of my images can be found on social networks and on my website. But there are also many, many images sitting on my hard drives, like a visit to the famous fish market in Hamburg, for example.
What’s your photographic goal, what do you dream of?
First of all, I don’t want to come to a photographic standstill. I want to keep on learning. It also makes me happy to tell stories with my images and to inspire other people.