A few hours before the end of 2014 in Berlin Mitte. Party folks are on their way to the biggest New Year Party in Germany, with an estimated number of about a million visitors. It's about nine o'clock in the evening and we're at Friedrichstraße and Unter den Linden, right behind the Brandenburg Gate, where the main stage is located.
I love to photograph people. It doesn't really matter what they're about to achieve, as long as it's not staged. Photography, for me, is to capture the real, unstaged life around us. The classical street photography approach. Documenting our everyday activities, in all its beauty and strangeness, is among the things that interest me most.
Without any plans in mind, and with no assignment on my shoulders, I shot these images a few days ago at the 2014 IFA in Berlin. All I needed was my Fuji X-T1 with just the 1.8/32 Zeiss (a simple 50mm equivalent prime), which I shot wide open at ISO 800 all day. No flash, no long lenses, no zooms, no big photo bag. Just a single body and one lens, used in manual mode. It was a pleasing experience. I love this kind of minimalism.
Take your time to look at the images, most of them have their own little surprise. If it's your first time visit, simply view the gallery by clicking on the "slideshow" button. More information can be found in the corresponding blog post.
In May 2014, we spent a week in Berlin, looking for a place to stay after relocating back to Germany. As the condo market in Berlin was somewhat tense, it turned out to be a bit of a challenge. However, we eventually succeded and found a quiet flat in Mitte, right in the center of Berlin.
During the 7 days I spent in Germany's capital, I didn't really have the time to seriously take pictures. But I carried my RX-10 with me all the time on our 115 km hike and captured a whole bunch of impressions from what is probably one of the most interesting cities in Europe right now.
What I liked most about Berlin is its endless variety. At each corner you see something new and interesting. Pretty shopping malls at Kudamm or in Friedrichstraße, busy street life amidst rotten buildings in Kreuzberg. An abandoned airport close to the center. Remainders of the Berlin wall in the East Side Gallery, Bernauer Straße and Checkpoint Charlie. Fancy new buildings next to ugly communist architecture, dominated by one of the coolest looking TV towers in Germany. High tech businesses next to a sprawling arts and music scene, and lots of historic buildings plus a bunch of world class museums.
And the best of all: you don't even have to leave the center of the city, and you don't need a car. Everything is within walking distance or can easily be reached by metro, tram or bike. Pretty amazing!
The story you see here is about the seemingly simple task of capturing a family portrait at Christmastime...
When I met Liam the first time, he was one year old. He had Down syndrome and serious heart malfunctions and had undergone extensive medical treatment and multiple surgery already. He was on a ventilator, had a tracheotomy for breathing and a nasogastric tube for feeding. He went home the first time in his life in mid December 2012.
Liam's mom had asked me to do a "family portrait", and I quickly learned that this was not going to be one of the "normal" portrait sessions. It took alone more than an hour and the help of several people to get little Liam out of his bed, dressed and transferred to the living room.
Once around the Christmas tree I took several hundred shots. Everything was in constant motion and there was no way to pose the little boy. Eventually, with a lot of help and the incredible love and patience of his Mom we got a number of nice pictures. They have an incredible value for the family.
The whole story is at http://www.socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/Guido_Krueger/2118.
Experimental Travel iPhoneography. Oct 12, 2013 - Oct 24, 2013. Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina. See the corresponding blog post for details about the hows and whys.
From time to time I step into the realm of Portrait Photography. According to my personal work ethics, I try to stage as little as possible and I strive to find a natural and pleasant representation of the subject. The most critical success factors for a good portrait are a relaxing and fun atmosphere and a working cooperation between the photographer and his subject.
This gallery contains some of the pictures that were on display in Studio 306 or in one the shows of the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Most of them were taken in (or near) Washington, D.C., but you can also see pictures from New York, Baltimore, San Francisco and even Dublin within the collection. All the pictures look great printed. They can be purchased as signed fine art prints on quality paper in different sizes.