You are in for a real treat with this week’s featured photographer of the week, Thorsten Hofmeister. Thorsten is a German street photographer that is incredibly talented. He began practicing street photography in 2015 (wasn’t that just a few months ago?!?) and he’s got an eye for catching those decisive moments – especially ones that involve imposing architecture combined with the human element. His images reach out and grab you and then they hold you there, sitting with rapt attention, eyes glued to the many dramatic angles, lights, shadows and people.
Obviously, I could go on and on about his breathtaking shots, but instead, I’ll just share the mini-interview I did with Thorsten and let you take a look at his images for yourself.
AH: What drew you to street photography initially?
TH: I began photography at a age of 14 started with analog film. When the first digital cameras were available I stopped photographing. In 2010, I travelled to Peru with a small digital camera and after that trip I began photographing again. In 2015, I began with street photography and I love it – documenting the moment.
AH: How would you describe your street photography style?
TH: I don’t think that I have found “my style” in street photography yet. I’m still experimenting with different “styles”. I take photographs in color or black and white and also with different lenses. At the moment I am experimenting with an 8mm fish eye lens.
AH: What do you look for when you shoot architecture?
TH: When I shoot architecture I try to get a look that is not obvious, I want a look that is different from the “normal” few, but the subject should always be the main character.
AH: Why do you shoot architecture?
TH: Architecture is in my photography always connected with people. I love the interaction of the mood between architecture and the people who lives there. Sometimes there is a tension between architecture and a person and this tension I try to capture.
AH: What is your biggest goal as a street photographer?
TH: This is a very difficult question for me. Like every photographer, I try to learn and get better each day. I like the motto of Marius Vieth (another German street photographer) to always shoot with your eye, heart and soul. And my biggest goal is that you can see in my photographs that they are shot with my eye, heart and soul.
Cheers to Thorsten for sharing his thoughts and images with us. Check out his Flickr feed and give him a follow. At this rate, I feel confident we can expect great things from him in the (near) future.