compagnon of inspiration - Part 9: Ben Hammer

compagnon der Inspiration - Teil 9:  Ben Hammer

In this issue, the photography is a little more colorful than usual. Because its creator is also a colorful character from the Rhine metropolis of Cologne. He only got into photography in 2012 and is enthusiastic about a wide range of motifs. to inspire. He puts a lot of effort into running his blog and always receives guests himself. This time we turn the tables and say 'hello' to

"compagnon of inspiration" - Part 9


compagnon: Hi Ben and welcome to our blog. There's a lot going on on your blog and there's always a lot of design involved, be it in your look or your work. Are you at all enthusiastic about older, analog technology?

Ben Hammer: No, I'm purely digital. That's my age. I have absolutely no idea about analog.

compagnon: So would you describe your style as futuristic and modern? Does it reflect your personality?

Ben Hammer: I think my style is very raw, authentic and unadulterated. This perhaps makes it feel more like a personal memento of an encounter and less like "real" photography. _DSF1694-sandra-legends

compagnon: You only got into photography in 2012. What camera did you use? And what do you wear today?

Ben Hammer: I started with a 550D from Canon, which I stopped enjoying just a few months later. Then came the EOS 6D, which stayed with me longer. It was the Fuji X100s that changed everything. Today, I only carry the Fuji X100T and my iPhone around with me.

compagnon: A great shot needs a certain amount of inspiration and the right subject. How do you find these things for yourself?

Ben Hammer: I usually get my inspiration from people and everyday life. Films and the work of other photographers also inspire me, of course, but first and foremost it's about having a good time with my fellow human beings. As for the subjects, I find it hard to describe exactly. I think I'm very susceptible to atmosphere, emotion and natural intimacy.

kim-benhammer-cologne-field-1200px-9646 compagnon: Are there any artists/photographers you can look up to?

Ben Hammer: Paul Ripke is a role model for me in many ways. Apart from that, of course, I also like the work of Martin Schöller or Magdalena Wosinska, whose work I can lose myself in for the longest time.

compagnon: Speaking of personal favorites... Is there a favorite shot among your works and if so, why?

Ben Hammer: Yes, there is. I really like this black and white shot. Firstly because Olaf Heine liked it and Mara (the model) never actually wears a bun ;)

_DSF5720-mara-benhammer-1000px compagnon: With the Fuji and the iPhone, your everyday equipment isn't massive. What makes good equipment for you? Have you ever had any negative experiences with the technology?

Ben Hammer: Good equipment does its job without being annoying or conspicuous. That's particularly important to me with bags! With a camera, it's always an advantage if it brings you into conversation with the subject - like the Fuji, for example. A MagicLantern once drained the batteries of my backup camera, leaving me without power at an event. That wasn't so cool.


compagnon: Apart from this unpleasant experience, is there a particularly vivid memory you have of a shoot?

Ben Hammer: It was a nude picture of Johanna, shot in a lagoon on Mallorca. It didn't fit my actual style at all, but the day was almost over. Everyone wanted to go home and I had actually consumed far too much beer during the day. Nevertheless, we went ahead with it and Johanna had to splash around in the lagoon for an hour while I climbed over the cliffs in flip-flops and shouted around. But the result is okay.

compagnon: Thanks for your visit, the nice chat and the impressions, Ben. We wish you continued success with your blog and hope you enjoy your work.

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