Photography is for Ingo Hampe a kind of zen meditation – a practice in self abandoness:
To be present in the moment and focussed on the image that unfolds before him.
In his work he is aiming for natural looking pictures that have an authentic energy.
In his pictures he captures candid moments that have a documentary quality.
Ingo Hampe was born in Lüneburg and raised in Hannover, Germany. Now he lives and works in Berlin and London.
He started photography at the age of fourteen when he got his first camera – a Minox point and shoot film camera. With it he took pictures of his travels and at punk rock shows of the bands he liked.
The exhibitions: How You Look At It (Sprengel Museum, Hannover 2000) and Das Versprechen Der Photographie (Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover 1999) introduced to him the work of Gary Winogrand, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander.
These American street photographers inspired him to portray the everyday people, pay attention to subjects that are often overlooked or seemed to be forgotten and document the ordinary life.
He taught himself the craft with a Minolta SRT 101 – an analogue SLR where he had to set everything manually from focus to aperture. As a street photographer he looked for the decisive moment to capture a story within the picture. He trained his eye to look for leading lines, layers and frames.
Currently he works with a Fujifilm XT-3 because he is familiar with the ergonomy of the camera. His love for the analogue experience never stopped. Lately he got himself a Mamiya C3 Professional. 6×6 medium format film camera. He likes how the limitations of the technology slows down hi working process and makes him look more precisely and create a more intimate picture that leave an emotional impact.
He transferred this experiences into his work today when he is aiming for natural looking pictures that have an authentic energy.