After playing waterpolo all my youth and joining the German Team, I had to realize that it is impossible to make a living with pro waterpolo at that time. Luckily I started taking pictures years before and fell in love with these little black/silver boxes that are technical but can be used as a very creative tool. This is the times before the word geek was used. Ever. And I sure was one. So I tried to built underwater housings out of wood for my first Super 8 Camera, which of course didn't go very well. The imagery I created on the other hand was not so bad at all. Next step was to get into the professional world. My first job as an intern was at a Sports Picture Agency and I went around the world to earn my first credits with a lot of fun but of course no money involved. To improve my skills and also understand the advertising world, I went to art school in Duesseldorf/Germany to study graphics, design and arts. While financing all that with my now freelance sports photography. And than my first advertising jobs came in. I never forget that first call for an advertsisng job. It was a Minolta ad created by BBDO/Germany. They called me while I was on an assignment for the Soccer World Cup in Italy 1990.
Specialized to deliver the best quality in sports imagery, I used the biggest cameras I could get, from medium format Hasselblad to 4x5 Linhoff large format cameras, all modified for my extreme outdoor needs. It was fun to show up with huge cameras where others would only use 35 mm SLRs.
Nowadays it is all digital (although for some of my own projects I still use analog large format cameras) and it is again about precision and the unique vision and eye the photographer has. I love it ! I can honestly say I am working in my dream job, still play waterpolo every week (as much as I can) and enjoy life to the fullest. Oh, I have to mention that in 2003 I moved from Germany to New York to fulfill another dream of mine: living in that crazy city.
So all I can really say is that I am very grateful for my life. A happy papa of Mila (2) and Connor (9), enjoying every day with my wonderful wife Amber who also happens to be a visual artist. Everything we do is somehow connected with art, design or creating. It seems insane sometimes but very cool and interesting at the same time. And when ever there is some time left between jobs and family I try to paint more again or play the piano.
“It’s the love for sport combined with design and art, and the collaboration with a wonderful team of creative specialists that gives me the chance to live my dream”
VISA Olympic Campaign