"Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it."(Elvis)
Festivals have always been my passion. This summer I worked for the german Musikexpress and Rolling Stone magazine shooting the artists and audience. Every festival was different in a way, which made photographing very interesting and challenging.
"We laugh until we think we die barefoot on a summer night never could be sweeter than with you. And in the streets wer‘re running free, like it‘s only you and me. Home, let me go home. Home is wherever I‘m with you."
(Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros)
Festivals are about music and people. As a photographer I love to take portraits of the audience as much as I like to shoot the musicians and bands. Every festival has its own crowd. There are the small ones, where everyone is wearing glitter and flowers in their hair, looking like a character from a fairy tale and there are the bigger ones, where you have to look out for special people.
I like capturing the small moments, in which those people interact with me and we share a small moment of the joy a festival means. There is always a certain magic, that comes from the combination of long lasting nights, great music, new love and the freedom you share with others.
Even if I mostly don't know anything about the people in the portraits I can say that say touched me in a way, because they love the same things as I do.
“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” (Karl Lagerfeld)
I started experimenting with Polaroids when my dad gave me his old camera he wasn't using at that time. For me the camera became a perfect icebreaker for music interviews and meeting new people. Whenever important things happened I tried to catch the moment of the change in a polaroid.
I've lately got myself a Fuji Film Instax 210 Camera because I started shooting more pictures and the films are less expensive and more color natural than the old ones from polaroid. Right now I try to capture small moments of friendship or things that move me, when I wander around. I just love the moment in which the polaroid develops and brings a moment back to life that is actually long gone.
Living in California
California is always a good idea.
I moved to California in 2011 to do my semester abroad at Channel Island State university. I loved it right from the beginning. I went surfing a lot, met great new friends and fell in love with the easy-going attitude.
Being back at home I miss my californian friends the most. I also yearn for the wide open roads, the beautiful nature and the beach life. Anything seemed to be possible every day.
A summer in New York
“The only credential the city asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did, it unlocked its gates and its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from.” (Moss Hart)
The summer of 2011 I moved to New York for an internship with the East Village Radio. I loved the city from the beginning for all the opportunities, the people and the amazing secret and hidden places. Whenever I had some time off I took my camera to get lost in the streets strolling around the city.
At the seaside
For whatever we loose like a you, or a me it's always ourselves we find in the sea. (E.E. Cummings)
I would always choose the ocean over mountains. I can't think of a better place in the world to relax and calm down than the beach. I wish I could move to the ocean one day, taking long beach walks in the morning, going surfing and taking deep breaths of salty air. These photos were taken in Montauk, California, Ireland, Rockaway Beach and the Netherlands.