Disrupt yourself before someone else will – they say. πάντα ῥεῖ – Heraklit said two thousand years ago. I can’t jump into the same river twice. Life means change. I don’t care much about revolutionary ideas. I like to make changes in smaller portions. I am not excited about the big abrupt change – I am not afraid of it neither. model @joke278 🙏
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. 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. He transferred his experiences into his with models today when he is aiming for natural looking pictures that have an authentic energy.
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.
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.
In his work with models he aims to create a natural look and candid moments as kind of a staged documentary.
portrait of humanity is a celebration of our shared values: Individuality, Community and Unity. It documents a moments of reflection on the life’s journey
We are in an urgent need of a sense of our own existence breathe in and breathe out like a butterfly that breaks the cocoon take a moment of reflection before I break the emotional barriers of what I am going to leave behind and find my strength in this moment full of vulnerability I search inside yourself to find the opportunity for growth in meaning and purpose
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