Hamburg, after all the second largest city in Germany, has more to offer than churches, museums and shopingmalls.
The Hamburg district of St. Pauli is known throughout Germany as an amusement mile. This is the place where life in full swing rages. The variety of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants is unique. In addition, there is a large red light area and the proximity to the port. On St. Pauli tourists enjoy themselves just as much as genuine hamburgers. But the district also offers a mixture of refugee stories and soccer enthusiasm. But St. Pauli is not worth seeing everywhere, often the district also shows an unattractive face: dealers, garbage, soulless bars and countless bachelor parties can spoil the fun.
St. Pauli cannot be explained, you have to discover it – day after day anew. Therefore it was obvious to pick St. Pauli as a laboratory for street photography.
I deliberately set up the project as a series. Of course, a series doesn’t have to consist of photos with the same composition or be taken with the same lens. An identical style, such as a special technique, nevertheless gives the pictures a cohesion that mutually enhances the images. It is up to the photographer’s own creativity which stylistic device is chosen to connect the images.
With this series I combine the love for St. Pauli with the passion of photography.
My street photos show snapshots of people and architecture and describe milieus. People don’t necessarily have to be the focus of attention.
But I also show photos that belong to the genre of urban photography. In this approach people and environment are interwoven. In this respect, urban photography is a contribution to the debate on documenting contemporary ways of life in the psychological, ecological and architectural sense.
I have also attempted to explore the differences between day and night.
The series Dayshift focuses on the people who live and work in the Kiez. But there are also other reasons why it is worth a visit: odd inhabitants and street art (that is much more than just graffiti. Acceptance is also growing: what used to be considered graffiti is now increasingly recognized as a true art form. Slowly but surely street art is establishing itself in people’s minds – and is still completely anti-establishment.) – this charming district has something to offer for every taste.
The Nightshift series focuses on the special atmosphere of the night. At night, life rages, everywhere flashes and glows. Photographing at night has its own charm, you can let yourself drift and always find great motifs.
I am very pleased to be able to show some of these on my website.
Some hints to the photo technique. The street photos of this series were taken with a Nikon camera (APSC). Because that’s what makes street photography so special: To take street photos, you don’t need expensive cameras or lenses. It is much more about having a feeling for a situation or a special moment.