Gathering some inspiration from artists, that find interesting spots and create beautiful pictures from those. You can never go wrong with that. A great reason to regularly feature great artists who astounded and/or inspired us with their special work. These artists are pros, semi-pros or amateurs, they come from different corners of the world and might actually work in an entirely different place. They all shared some insights on themselves and their work in a little interview with compagnon. And there is something else they all have in common: They are immensely talented and enjoy the service of a personal compagnon.
Photographers that run their own studio like to get away from photography and their craft as soon as they lock the doors after a day's work. Our guest this week is different: Photography is a passion for him, that never takes a day off. It's always there, always near, always close to his heart. We're sipping a cup of hot brown with
"compagnon of inspiration" - Part 3
The interview was translated from German.
Marc Wiegelmann is born in a city that, probably second to no other city of its size in the world, is photographed extensively, chiefly because nearly half of Asia stays there once a year: Heidelberg. Marc stuck to his roots ever since, the studio he runs with two friends is just a few miles away in Mannheim. Whenever he's not in his studio he takes his camera on weddings or on the road somewhere. An truly outdoorsy studio owner, that's a first for sure.
compagnon: Hi Marc, great to have you. Usually you're working a variety of events with your camera. In those cases we keep wondering what kind of motifs photographers as yourself enjoy in their own off time. Do your preferences match your work or are you putting a new spin on things privately?
Marc Wiegelmann: Not really,no. I enjoy taking photos of people. That's why I'm working as a wedding photographer. A wedding offers all the facets of photography. Couple portraits, family pictures, party shots, macros (e.g. the rings) and more. Additionally most of the time the people are in a great mood. That's really cool, working with happy customers all the time. I have to say I also deeply enjoy travel photography, documenting the journey and sharing the memories with the ones that weren't/couldn't be there. That's awesome.
compagnon: Among all these different challenges, is there a chance for you to find a scope for your personal style at all? Where's Marc in all those pictures?
Marc Wiegelmann: I don't want to interpret too much into my work. I think I don't have a personal style that could be recognized by someone else. Maybe I just don't have it yet! It's amazing whenever you get the impression you could recognize an artist by the language of his work. But I believe that's not the case for too many photographers. I probably need to find myself a little more to achieve something like that. Not sure. I try to build a relationship to my client, the better this relationship, the better the results gonna be.
compagnon: While we're at those grandmasters of your craft, is there someone you idolize or someone that's a paragon for you?
Marc Wiegelmann: That's a tough one. Judging the purely the pictures I enjoy the work of Vincent Peters, Kristian Schuller or Paul Ripke. But another photographer that has certainly influenced me a lot is Steffen Böttcher. Not primarily because of the style of his work but on a personal front. He's such a hellacious guy. I like his personality, the way he approaches challenges and people alike. His style of writing and creating a connection to his photos has impressed me enough to make me travel to Vietnam. Obviously, there's also young artists whose work I follow and enjoy, especially André Josselin or SamAlive.
compagnon: You've taken your equipment all the way to Vietnam, you say? What did you take there? What do you have with you on a day like today?
Marc Wiegelmann: The one thing I have always on me is my iPhone. And I almost always do have a Fuji X100T as an addition. When it comes to traveling I started limiting myself to the X100T as well. I've tried other options but they just weren't for me. The wide angle lens of my Fuji is so versatile and just works for me. I have to say I recently started to enjoy using the 24 and 50mm Canon prime lenses. When it comes to my camera bags, honestly no gushing praise intended, I don't use anything besides my compagnon bags anymore. My little messenger is the home of my X100T gear, my bigger messenger is for my Canon gear. There's no way I'm going without that piece of leather on my side.
compagnon: That's great to hear. Before you got yourself the Fuji, the Canon and your compagnons, what did you start out with?
Marc Wiegelmann: I started out with an old Canon T70, I received it as a gift from my father many years ago. It was a a start into analogue photography. You had to develop the pictures as slides. These were digitalized using drum scanners and post-processing was done in Photoshop 3.0. I must have had my finger on the shutter constantly. I'm currently archiving old photos and I couldn't believe how many photos I already took in my life to this point.
compagnon: Your own creative mass production aside *laughter*, what are you especially proud of today?
Marc Wiegelmann: Hhhm, let me think about that for a second. I think I am proud of the face, that people trust me with the task of photograph their wedding. I don't think about that as much as I used to but it's really amazing. My pictures are on display on the nightstand or the living room wall for decades. Getting to meet wonderful people and following them through their happiest day is a treasure.
compagnon: So if you could ask for anything considering your professional life you'd want a never ending stream of weddings? Or is there something else?
Marc Wiegelmann: Gosh, to be honest I'm finding myself in a clinch with photography at the moment. There are hard times and certain milestones in the life of a photographer. You get stuck here or there, lack motivation or inspiration. You gotta get yourself out of that to be content with your work. I want to be happy working in photography. And I am. I'll see if I'll get to the point of making a living from it though.