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Interview: Photographer Ralf Tophoven (Germany)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Ralf Tophoven, living in Krefeld/Germany I am 51 years old.

How and when did you get into photography? First I took pictures with my old smartphone. When I realized that I wanted more, I bought my first Canon DSLR. I quickly realized that my focus is on black and white photography. What does photography mean to you? Photography is my passion and it is a window to my soul.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

First, I like the darkness. I prefer to look in the dark than in the light. I admire the old masters, sometimes you see it in my pictures.

Where do you get inspiration from?

From the old Masters.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

In most cases I work unprepared. I get inspired by the model and the location

Studio, on location or both?

I have a studio in my hometown Krefeld, but I love it also to shoot outdoor.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I would consider me as a hobbyist

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I love all sessions with my love Claudia. It's always beautiful with her

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens? Canon for sure! :-D My favourite lens is my Sigma 70-200 mm F2,8 EX DG OS HSM

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business? Stay who you are, don't try to copy and try always to keep evolving.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It's beautiful!

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