Interview: Photographer Franziska Korries (Germany)
“Definitely a passionate hobby photographer!”
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Franzi, I’m 29 years old and I grew up in Köln/Bonn. Because of my job I moved to Koblenz, where I live now with my wonderful husband. I’m not very tall, always cheerfully and have fun with all the things I do.
How and when did you get into photography?
I have always been crazy for photography! No matter where I was, a camera was not far! Finally, my husband gave me, four years ago, the impulse to fulfill my dream of a professional camera.
Subsequently I began to try and try out and integrate photography into my everyday life
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is now more than a hobby. It creates a wonderful balance for stressful workdays. If I have a camera in my hand, I formally merge with the lens and forget the Surroundings
Others go running, I go and take pictures.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers. Black and white, naturally, authentic, emotional, without odds and ends. I love laughing people. So they can laugh at all on my pictures. My work is an attempt to present the personality of the human in front of my lens, without distorting him oder her.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I take my inspiration from my all time favorites Andreas Jorns, Holger Nitschke and Kim Hoehnle. This is not about copying the picture style or similar. They are very different in their work but they all have the same attitude to photography that inspires me. They set their own ideas, without relying on what the "main stream" pretends These artists make it so great that I like to do it like them.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
To be honest, I often go haphazardly into a shoot. I have an idea of where the shooting should take place and with whom. The rest is automatic. I like to pursue this more than a rough plan. This spontaneity ensures that the models do not play any role but stay natural.
Studio, on location or both?
I do not own a studio, so the given place must be. This also can be the dryer in my office, if there ist no other opportunities.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Definitely a passionate hobby photographer!
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Every single shooting is special to me and I like to remind me on all of them!
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
A photo- journey with Andreas Jorns to Usedom has inspired me to rethink. The evening talks with him and other photographers have changed my way of thinking about photography. The experience there is reflected in my pictures.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon; Favorite lense: Sigma 50mm 1.4
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I think it is important not to be influenced by social media or the mainstream. You should not be intimidated by it .If you implement your ideas as you want and according to which the heart beats, you are on the right path. Only in this way the image results become authentic. Also I think it is imoprtant to network and not to compete with other photographers. The meeting and the conversation with others can be very inspiring.
What do you think of our new magazine? I am very enthusiastic about the concept and like to rummage through it. Not too well-known or media-deprived artists find their well-deserved place and everyone has the opportunity to finally get to know them.