Bear with me
a few days ago @pangea did a post about the hype of specific places on instagram, a lot of people joined the discussion and followed up on the topic. i loved reading all the different opinions and even if i already talked a lot about this topic i want to give my two cents about how to deal with it.
in an overly fake positive environment like instagram i feel like we are missing a lot of healthy constructive negativity. constructive negativity that will bring people back to the bottom of the facts. back to real life. back to thinking. back to start questioning. back to being creative.
i have invested a lot of time thinking about it, when my mind stumbled upon the following sentence: „you are only as good as the people you have around you.“ isn’t this sentence also applicable for your consuming behaviour on instagram?
i mean like: it’s your decision wich content you are consuming. if you happen to be in the situation where you get bored or mad about the lack of creative content on your timeline.. just stop following the persons that are the reason for it. stop liking their pictures and stop commenting solely for the purpose of engagement under their posts. and there were go.
it’s in your hands. it’s your chance to show how much you disagree with the lack of innovation and individuality.
surround yourself with content that inspires you and not with content that makes you sad. not only in real life but also in this app.
i want to use this caption to address a question that came up quite often the last days.
so a lot of people asked me what camera i was using to capture my pictures.
the truth is: it doesn’t matter. it really doesn’t matter. and i want to emphasize on this topic.
when you get into the mindset where you’re telling yourself you need a specific camera to create a specific picture that’s in your head, you’re slowly killing the idea. be confident. take what you have in front of you and start bringing the idea to life. cause it’s just not about the perfect sharpness, cause it’s not about the megapixels and it’s not about the perfect autofocus systems.
it’s about reliving the moment you took the picture, it’s about bringing back the feeling of joy you had capturing it. it’s just about telling the story of a specific moment of your life to an audience. with words. with a vivid picture. in your own way of doing it.
this all can be done without having the best gear and taking a 100% technically perfect photo. because what is perfect? perfection lies in the eye of the beholder. keep that in mind!
rather think about your pictures than your gear. cause that’s what matters the most. gear comes by itself!
Oh deer. oh deer.
the last few days have been incredible. like completely astonishing. it’s hard to put it into words what happened and i still can't really comprehend it.
but one thing i now is that i am beyond honoured.
honoured for all the positive feedback, honoured for all the congratulations, honoured for all the interest in my style of photographing and also honoured for the acknowledgement of @instagram in general.
i appreciate every single one of you following along my work of photography, but i don’t really care about my exact follower number or about my reach. it’s peripheral to me. something that is just nice to have. just a number.
what i really care about are the pictures i create, the stories i tell and how they connect to the people that look at them. i feel incredibly glad for the fact that the work behind a "not-so-normal" picture got acknowledged by so many people around this app.
it just shows me that it's worth spending time in picture concepts that don't feature well known landscapes.
standing there like this little deer in the forest i have nothing more to add than: thank you! ❤
thank you for your incredible feedback on my latest post. it means a lot to me. it shows me once more that different stuff works.
the crucial part is that different stuff has to be a lot better conceptualised from scratch. you have to put in more energy, more time, more dedication than in something normal you already know that works.
and i think that’s the part that annoys a lot of creatives nowadays. people just keep on constantly repeating the normal and safe stuff that they know works. it’s like feeding pigs with what they want. over and over. until they can’t have it no more.
we have the choice. we can decide what we consume and what we want the others to consume.
you wait. you wait a lot. you anticipate. you capture it. you feel alive.
i’ve only recently started to take more pictures of wildlife. and it’s kind of interesting as it is quite different from landscape & outdoor photography. it takes a lot more patience and appreciation for your surroundings than i thought. and why is that? well you’ll most likely will spend some time until you get animal in the position you want it to be.
Overlooking different thoughts
the last days i asked myself the question where do i wanna go with all this? where do i wanna head with my photography? what is my unique point? what is the goal i want to achieve? what are the feelings i wanna transfer? what are the stories i wanna tell?
and the longer i think about it - the more i keep consuming content of instagram - the more i know it has to be different.
because different is not a word i would usually use scrolling trough my time line. and that’s sad - i would love to use it more often.
i don’t really know what this year will bring and where i am heading to, but it’ll be different.
Here's to all the exhausting hikes, the good views, the cold nights, the warm campfires, the endless roadtrips a, the fresh lake water and the time with like-minded creative individuals that 2018 will bring us. 🎉
happy new year.
2017. what a year. a year full of memories. a year full of adventures. and primarily a year full of meeting amazing creative individuals trough this app called instagram.
and although i don’t like the evolution of instagram right now, it’s always the people that kept me going the past months. the people that create unique content, tell amazing stories & who dare to swim against the current.
i am extremely grateful for the memories i made and for the people i met. 2017 was a blast and i am stoked what 2018 will bring.
this is my favourite picture of 2017. it show’s one of my closest friends @fs_kunst standing there in awe while the sun is rising over the peaks of the italian alps. this post is dedicated to him, because he gave me the opportunity to join an unforgettable trip to the dolomites, wich kick-started all of this right here.
thank you and see you in 2018.
A photo that was taken during a special morning this summer, that should give all of you a special feeling. a feeling of being blessed for what we have, a feeling of appreciation for the people around. just.. a feeling of gratitude.
merry christmas to everyone that reads this! keep enjoying the time with your loved ones and don't stop eating.
@_jaceart_ overlooking his territory
one thing i like to do is hiking to spots that aren't easily accessible.
i love the feeling of satisfaction you'll get reaching the spot that you have been craving to see after an exhausting hike.
investing this extra energy to simply photograph a spot will give you another sort of appreciatement than photographing a spot that is located right next to a huge parking lot.
what's your opinion guys? are you investing the energy to hike up hundreds of meters to take a photo? or you rather choosing the parking lot spot?
The year 2017 slowly comes to an end and christmas knocks on the door.
people start to reminiscing. think about the year. what they achieved and what they didn’t. they think about the up’s and down’s they had during the year.
that's also what i am doing. this year has been incredible. literally right now i’m writing a caption for nearly 8.000 people following me. in the instagram universe it isn’t that much. but for me personally it is. it’s about everyone that followed along until here. a journey that hasn’t been that long but exciting nonetheless. i wouldn’t have thought i’d be here where i am right now at the start of the year. so: thank you! ❤
and because of all lovely christmas time that’s ahead of us and because i wanted to give something back to you, i decided to do a little giveaway. nothing big. nothing fancy. but still something from me. made with love. ❤
i want to give away this very picture you are looking at right now. in the format of a 60x40 poster print.
all you have to do is: (1) follow me (2) tell me your best travel story of 2017 (3) smile :) the giveaway closes at the 20th of january at 12pm cet.
i will then go trough all the entries and decide wich story is the best! doesn’t matter where you are! i’ll ship it to you.
so let’s go! tell me your best story. i am keen to hear! ❤
nestled under the barren branches i happened to find this young fella while having a sunday walk trough the local woods of stuttgart.
the weather situation was pretty harsh. strong winds, heavy snow and chaos on the roads.
some might say it was the perfect weather to stay in and netflix and chill. i would say it was the perfect weather to go for a little walk.
meeting this fella in a winter wonderland just confirmed my descision of going for a walk.
this picture is a symbol for one of the greatest achievements of the european people.
can you spot the tiny little person on the ridge? he is literally walking on the border between germany and austria.
the calmness i felt walking on there really made me feel blessed for what we have in europe. the freedom of easy access to the european countries. something we should fight for. together. as a union.
The comfort zone
standing there. still. in awe. being amazed by what's in front of you after a journey, that wasn’t always easy but definitely worth it.
a journey i would call the steps out of your comfort zone.
i feel this picture describes the path out of your comfort zone pretty good. you have to take what feels like exhausting steps trough the dark woods until you finally get to the light flooded beautiful waterfall at the end of the journey.
something that can only be achieved by putting extra energy and courage into it.
something where you can make the difference. the difference to others that get to comfy.
start the week by leaving leaving your comfort zones tomorrow - you won’t regret it.
One of the reasons why everyone of you should have madeira on their travel list.
the amount of beautiful and spectacular waterfalls running down from the green and foggy mountain ranges.
currently thinking back to the two weeks i spent there this year. i need to go back as soon as possible.
anyone wants to jump into a plane with me?