Practicing with a model
It all started when I moved from France to Germany in 1990. I simply bought a magazine Fotoheft and found an ad from Kerstine, one of the best models in the South of Germany at that time. I organized my first shootings with her during several years. At that time, I was more of a hobby photographer and learned a lot from her, especially how to engage with a model. The black and white picture dates back to 2012 when we met again years later by chance.
Learning from artists
During this learning-by-doing period, I read many magazines and bought many books from famous photographers, including Helmut Newton and Jeanloup Sieff. They probably influenced my work. Actually, I started to develop my own style when working with two experienced and recognized photo artists: Arboulan in Germany and later Zseni Jung in Hungary.
I´ve learned high-quality nude photography with Arboulan. Beyond technical aspects like lighting techniques, he showed me the three phases of a successful picture, including the build-up phase, finding the right light (in my opinion the most challenging phase) and then taking your picture (that is in your mind before you press the shutter button). I also learned discipline from him and how to work effectively in a photo studio. Today, these are still great learnings.
A couple of years after learning the basics with Arboulan, I decided to attend the best workshop ever in July 2004, in Sebesvíz, Hungary. Since, I spend one week every year with both amateur and professional photographers in different Hungarian locations (Gallery) . The Hungarian artist Szeni Jung inspired me during many years as she facilitated most workshops.
Getting serious about it
I decided to start my project VenusOnEarth after Sebesviz 2004: have my own Website, become a member of photo communities and work with some of the best amateur models. When looking at other websites, I was both impressed and daunted by the standards set by my peers. For a while, I felt like abandoning my project. But I didn’t. One year later, I attended the second Hungarian workshop in the Andrássy castle in Tiszadob and started to bring my work to the next level.
My first ambition was to get printed in the French magazine PHOTO that is organizing one of the largest contests in the world. I succeeded in doing so back in January 2007 and got printed six times since. Later, the jury of the German magazine VIEW selected many of my online pictures; one even got printed in the paper edition. The reference I am probably most proud of is the TRIERENBERG Super Circuit whose jury selected three pictures out of four the first time I participated in 2018. One of them got printed in the luxury edition. Last but not least, I organized two exhibitions, the first one in Sopot (Poland) in 2007 and the second one in 2012 in Miskolc (Hungary).
Shooting with my muse
My main project in the last couple of years was a portfolio of nudes and portraits with the German amateur model Julia (Gallery). We organized 42 shootings in six years. During this longer period of time, my approach was to capture her development both as a model and as a woman. So far, this has been my most challenging project ever as it required a close collaboration with the model, lots of communication, trust and many new ideas.
I am contemplating on nearly three decades of beauty and nudes photography and now try to address four challenges:
- Finding new creative ideas
- Working with the right models
- Searching new locations
- Promoting my work
Revamping my website was the first step in spring 2019. I am now focusing on fewer shootings with the right models so that I can experiment new ideas. So stay tuned for more in coming months!