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Interview: Photographer Andreas Lott (Switzerland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Andreas Lott and I was born in 1964. I live in beautiful Switzerland, in Schaffhausen.

How and when did you get into photography?

In 1987 I worked at Sinar in prototype construction for what was then one of the most advanced cameras in the world. That was my first contact with large-format photography.

The first few years I devoted mainly to landscape photography, which taught me a way of looking at things that I now also use in people photography.

What does photography mean to you?

For me, photography is a means of communication that is understood throughout the world.

It invites you to linger and understand an image.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

A difficult question. I describe my way of working as purist, creative and sensitive.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I get ideas and inspiration from everywhere. I look at a picture that appeals to me and think about what makes it so. Then I construct the picture before I take it as I imagine it. While taking the picture, a process begins that I call the creative process.

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

Yes definitely

Studio, on location or both?

I have a large studio in Schaffhausen which gives me great opportunities. There I can work very purposefully and creatively. For outdoor shots, I prefer locations that are very powerful in themselves. The model should then be the consonance or dissonance in the picture.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

At the moment, photography is a passion for me. Maybe later a profession.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

All the encounters I have with people are memorable and touching again and again. It makes me happy when I can already see the particularly good result when I take the picture. When the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

My camera is a Fujifilm GFX100s and the lens I use a lot is the 80mm and 45mm.

The camera is just a tool, not anymore.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Oh I think he should develop his own visual language.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I have known the magazine for quite a while now. I like the idea of offering models and photographers the opportunity to introduce themselves. Keep up the good work. Great thing.

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