artist statement

portrait of the people photographer Ingo Hampe
Ingo Hampe

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 are lifelike and 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.

conscious photography

Since 2020 Ingo Hampe is interested more and more in visual story telling. He studied narrative photography and therapeutic photography.
In his recent work he captures moments that are a visual representation of an emotional state.. His photography became a tool for self discovery and personal development as well as a form of fiction.

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.

setbacks are my friends

portrait of a beautiful womans standing in front of a residential building during golden hour

It happened on Tuesday. I called the agency to ask if there are some news about my application at cbrains. 
The job interview was three weeks ago and I hadn’t heart of them. Somehow, I knew the outcome but I wanted to be sure.
“They had two strong candidates and they decided to go with the other one.” my agent said. “It was not a decision against you.”
Of course not. But it felt that way, definitely. I thought I would be a good fit and I would love to do work there.

These setbacks always push a trigger in me. Especially when it comes to my future job. Immediately I felt like I am not good enough. That there wasn’t a company that needed my skills and expertise. That I didn’t belong here. 

I tried to stay as positive as I could. To focus on what I have learned and which experience I have gained through the application. But I felt hurt and I was sad too.
And there was another feeling. Also familiar as I’ve been in these situations many times before. I was very calm I was very clear I was very determined. 
I felt as if I was going out into a blizzard, I wrapped my coat tighter around me. 
In these moments when I feel rejected and almost like to giving up there is something special in it. It’s like finding a gold nugget in the mud. 
It’s the moment when I pull myself up again to get back in the race. Life had thrown some shit at me but I didn’t knock me out. 

These setbacks bring me closer to me. They force me to be even more clear with my vision to appreciate me even more and value my gifts. 
I will sharpen my thoughts and I will be better prepared for the next round. Because I am stronger and wiser now.

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.