mission statement

portrait of Ingo Hampe
Ingo Hampe

What interests me the most is business development 

How can I build my business organically then how can I help others to grow their business organically? 
Like most creatives I’m not a good business person.  And I don’t have to. There are tools that can help me to run my business successfully. I am into that very much. 

citizen developer

I love to play with technology and see which tools can I can build on my own or find tools that I can use to help me running my business 
I’m also looking for tools for my mind because there’s the spiritual aspect of running a business too: The business philosophy. It is the foundation and the backbone of my business. Without that I am lost and technology won’t save me. It is my spiritual skills that tell me what I want the technology to do. 

human centered technology

So I’m looking for the tools for my mind that will help me to practise self-awareness, find meaning in what I do, be mindful about my surroundings, be adaptable to change and most of it all be a good listener and able to communicate with empathy. 

I sum this up with the term business zen 

What matters the most to me is to live a life on my own terms: Which means that I work with ease joy and fulfilment

artist statement

Ingo JHampe Photographer
Ingo Hampe with his Minolta SRT 101

Conscious Photography

A great picture tells a story. The decisive moment is the second that captures what happened before and let the viewer speculate of what is going to happen.
This fires the imagination. It will make the viewer dream about a better future, let her see new possibilities and will lead to different life’s journey.

journey

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.

influences

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.

craft

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.

to despair and back

my latest post on Instagram

portrait of a beautiful woman in a white dress standing at the beach in front of a forest holding a shaman drum
Raphaela Gilla 🙏

I was down and paralyzed. The buzzing of the media and the noise of my own thoughts had made me feel anxious. 
As I returned from a trip to the Baltic Sea I began to reconnect to my inner being again. 
To gain inner clarity wasn’t a straightforward process 
But making my demons go away was such an empowering moment  

here is what happened:

it was the 11th anniversary of our marriage – Raphaela and I took a trip to the Baltic Sea for the weekend. I’ was to Sellin on Rügen a year ago and wanted to visit this place again with her to show her the beautiful resort architecture and nature reserve nearby. A mystic forest. We had a beautiful weekend but something dragged me down. Something pushed a trigger in me that made me despair, feel small and unworthy. 
I was thinking about my future and that I will never make it because I don’t have what it takes to be a freelance photographer and coach. 

On our way back to Berlin I read Winning Without Pitching by Blair Enns and Marketing for Photographers Guide by Smug Mug. Slowly I regained my confidence. 
I thought about how I want to position myself as a photographer, what do I have to offer and why am I doing this. 
This led to some new Ideas how to present myself on my website, I was taking notes what I want to change I was researching about SEO and I I can improve that. 
I came up with solutions that felt in alignment with my nature and core beliefs. I am not sure what caused this change in how I felt but it was a great experience that I could be the captain of my destiny again.