What drew you to street photography initially?
By looking at pictures from other street photographers I was infected by this kind of photography. Not only with the picturtes of famous like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Cunningham, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Lee Friedlander, Bruce Gilden, Vivian Maier, Anders Petersen, and so on, also with a lot of unknown amateurs I met on Flickr, Fotocommunity or other internet sites. Taking a picture of the Cologne cathedral or a landscape of Toscany maybe is a challenge, but many photographers did it before. So you can find many pictures with this motive.
But street photography it different. If you walk through the day you are passing thousands of moments. Normally most of this you do not notice, but every moment is unrepeatable and unique. That’s what I want to catch with the camera.
You capture some really unique scenes. What do you look for when you head out on the streets? Anything in particular?
So, normally I’m drifting outside without destination, except when there is an event that attracts many or interesting people; or I decide to go out because of the weather mood. But I do not direct scenes. Walking around, concentrating what happens on the street, that’s my way. I like coincidences.
You have a few images of these “creatures”:
Love the images – can you tell us what the costume/event is about?
Oh, this picture I took a the Narrensprung (parade of fools/goops) in Lindau. So every year I try to take pictures a little bit different. In this scene one of the fools suddenly looked backward; for this I like it.
You can find more information about the Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht here. It’s a little bit difficult for me to explain it.
What has helped you personally to improve your images as a street photographer?
Watching a lot of pictures and thinking about this pictures, reading books about street photography, practice, and two basic principles: 1. Listen to my heart and 2. Zero rules.
Street photography is for me also a escape away from my technical job (software engineering); I find a way to release my head and think of other things.
What has street photography taught you? (About photography, life, anything really…)
Street photography taught me that life is so wonderful, so unique, an adventure. Nothing is predictable! Like the real life! And it teaches me every time observing, observation is an artwork that I want to perfect step by step.
See more of Dietmar’s work here on his Flickr photostream.