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.
Name: Tobias Gawrisch
Background: Born in Mülheim an der Ruhr in 1988, I started with photography in 2007. In January 2015, I officially registered my photography business, initially starting as an additional job, turning professional in April 2017. I work on architecture, food, as well as animal photography and time lapse.
When did you start your photography?
I started photography in 2007 when I was still at school, as I saw it as an opportunity to keep memories of our graduation. Although I started shooting with a small compact camera, I quickly got excited about the artistic work. After my high school degree, I travelled a lot and photography became more and more important to me, turning into a passion I was keen on making my profession one day.
Is photography your hobby or your profession?
Photography pays for my living expenses.
How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story about it?
How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story about it? This image was taken in Mettlach at the “Saarschleife”, a river loop. I was on a trip with two photo buddies of mine and we wanted to photograph the Milky Way overlooking the Saarschleife. We arrived at our photo spot in the evening and stayed all night until sunrise. We took many different shots of the Milky Way throughout the night. We were by ourselves all night, but an hour before sunrise, the spot was suddenly crowded with photographers who wanted to take photos of the sun rising above the hills. The photo sums up the entire trip in just one image. Starting at night with the Milky Way, all the way through to sunrise, the photo tells a story of a much longer time frame. In order to achieve this result, I combined several shots during post processing in order to have both the Milky Way and the rising sun in the same image.
Who and/or what inspires you most?
The world surrounding me. Over time, I learned to recognize a potential subject in pretty much anything. I am thrilled by the opportunity to present a bit more of this world that meets the eye, through the means of photography. That is why I combine photos and thus realize fantastic images that don’t necessarily have to coincide with reality. Reality is quite boring to me, as I see it all around me on a daily basis. Photography gives me a way to visualize more than just reality.
What’s your photographic focus?
My focus is architecture, food and animal photography – mainly pets (dogs and cats). Time lapse photography continues to become a bigger and bigger part of my work. Landscape photography however is just a hobby which I balance with my profession as a photographer.
What’s your next photo project, your next challenge?
I constantly work on new video training and workshops in order to share my knowledge with as many people as possible, who are passionate about photography. My current project is a new training course covering the topic of long time exposures during day time.
In terms of photo motifs, my next project on a bigger scale is going to be a trip to Valencia for a few days in order to photograph Santiago Calatrava’s architecture.
Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?
It plays an important role, but is not excessively at the top of my mind. Especially when it comes to printing large format images, it is important to have a solid color management workflow in order to be able to rely on the printing results. When sharing my images on social media however, color management is not that important to me as there are way too many devices out there with no color management, which are used by people when looking at my photos. Thus, I have no control over the way color is displayed. For printing purposes though a calibrated display and correct color profiles are vital.
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?
My favorite images are printed as large format prints on Aludibond or Forex and will be displayed. Photo books would end up on my shelf, just as photos end up on hard drives sooner or later. Of course, my latest works are posted and shared on social media, but the ultimate goal is to process a large format print and hang it on a wall. What a shame that there is a limit to wall space available!
What’s your photographic goal, what do you dream of?
I have an entire list of photographically exciting destinations all around the world. My biggest dream is to travel to all of them!
Looking at a more short-term orientated dream, it would be great to publish another book covering my photographic topics. Writing has been another passion in my life, which is why writing a book is a great privilege to me.