Born in Bochum/Germany in 1966, Jörg is married, and the father of 2 daughters. He is self-employed as a master butcher and enjoys photography as a hobby.
When did you start your photography?
I started taking pictures in 1981 with my father’s Leica M3. A year later, I switched to an SLR camera followed by a Leica R4. At the end of the 80’s, I started to develop my own black and white photos, as well as CN and slide films, which I enlarged in my own darkroom. In 2011, I transitioned from my Leica M9 by the entering the world of digital photography. I still like to take pictures using film, however.
Is photography your hobby or your profession?
Photography is my hobby. Although I have sold pictures in various exhibitions, I see these sales primarily as an appreciation of my photos.
How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story about it?
The photo was taken in 2011, on the beach of the North Sea island of Juist. The cloud’s reflection in a tidal creek is part of my ongoing nature.digital.art series. In this series, I work on maritime motifs on my computer, creating abstracts of the actual picture, but the original natural elements – the sea, the clouds and the beach – can still be noticed. I try to inspire the viewer to take a journey through their own imagination.
Who and/or what inspires you most?
First and foremost, the sea and especially the North Sea inspires me. When staying on the islands of Texel, Juist and Sylt, the photographic equipment is my constant companion. I particularly like the sunrises on the beach.
What’s your photographic focus?
Along with my love of photography by the sea, I am particularly interested in street photography and landscape and industrial culture in my home region, the Ruhr area.
What’s your next photo project, your next challenge?
In addition to the series “nature.digital.art”, I have been involved with the series “At The Lantern,” since 2017. Here, I photograph people who pass a certain lantern at the “Anneliese Brost Music Forum Ruhr,” in Bochum. These include people with their groceries, on their way home from work or simply walking along the street, people traveling alone, in pairs or in a group, people on foot or on a bicycle. All of these people pass the lantern on their way and I photograph them.
Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?
Color management plays a major role, especially with images from the “nature.digital.art” series, as colors often become the subject of digital enhancement. In my pictorial photography, I try to adjust the colors to my personal visual impression. I do this primarily through the correction of both white balance and a selective saturation of individual colors.
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?
Most photos are posted on Facebook, Instagram, in special photo forums or on my website. For exhibitions, I have selected photos exposed on canvas, Alu-Dibond or in acrylic. I enlarge black and white photos on barite paper.
What’s your photographic goal? What do you dream of?
My big goal is not to lose the fun of photography. There will always be exciting motifs.