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Bjoern Kupper


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About me

Life is a constant alternation of countless moments…

Joyful moments and sorrowful moments. Striking moments and indifferent moments. Cheerful moments and depressing moments. Uplifting moments and asphyxiating moments. Encouraging moments and disappointing moments.
Promising moments and hopeless moments. Lucky moments and unfortunate moments. Happy moments and frustrating moments.

The initial challenge is to understand, that each of these moments is unique and gives us something to take along on our way...
The struggle hereinafter lies in choosing between the ones to keep and the ones to let fade away and finally ’pausing’ this constant alternation of moments at the right time!

I am a German photographer currently living in Greece. I got my first camera, a Kodak S100EF 35mm point-and-shoot film camera, from my dad at the age of seven, just before leaving for a two month road trip through Mexico and Baja California. From the very first day on, I loved 'playing around' with my new toy, something my parents did not quite expect in such extend and were not really ‘fond’ of, as every single ‘click’ brought them closer to developing my next film and buying me a new one.
Nearly a decade after that I got my first SLR, a Russian KMZ Zenit, which was replaced by a Nikon F80 in 2004, when I started getting into photography more seriously. In 2006 I finally could not resist going digital, although I kept on shooting film - especially with the Nikon FA I inherited from my father!

Since digital photography provided new, more affordable possibilities in terms of experimenting with various techniques and moreover the image itself, I tried not to settle down in any specific photographic area in the beginning, but to ‘walk’ new paths whenever possible.

In the end though, it was street and documentary photography that fascinated me most. For me it has become a catalyst, a ‘way out’, compensating daily rush and emotions.
For sure there is an explanation for the affection in particular streetphotographers have for their - sometimes not- or misunderstood - genre of photography. For me it is this seemingly artless environment of the streets and everyday life which makes it so attractive. Countless microcosms come to light as one takes a closer look - like layers, emerging one by one, each telling its own story as you look behind the facade. It is all about discovering and capturing these moments which otherwise just drift by …mostly unnoticed.

I want to mention at this point, that I try to always treat my subjects the way I like to be treated myself - with dignity. I address most of my subjects and either show them the pictures taken of them or at least explain what I am doing.

Comments 24

  • Ruslan Karpov 03/17/2014 13:41

    Hi Chris, thanks a lot for your comment! Regards, Ruslan
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    no title
    Ruslan Karpov
  • Paola Vignali 03/02/2014 21:32

    Thanks a lot Chris.... you are very kind...ciao paola
  • Ruslan Karpov 02/26/2014 19:19

    Hi Chris, thanks for your visit and comment! Regards, Ruslan
    hard life
    hard life
    Ruslan Karpov
  • Angela Höfer 02/20/2014 14:54

    I like your PS-note hihi and your last sentence as well !!!!
  • Paola Vignali 01/05/2014 23:47

    Thanks a lot....ciao paola
  • Monique Robinet 01/04/2014 22:47

    Merci beaucoup pour le commentaire sympa Bjoern. Amitiés Monique
    Sentiment Nouveau
    Sentiment Nouveau
    Monique Robinet
  • Tassos Kitsakis 12/24/2013 9:58

    Geia Sou Björn!
    Kala Xristougena kai enan kalo Neo Xrono.
    Glück und Gesundheit Dir und Deinen Lieben.
    Wünscht
    Tassos
  • Ruslan Karpov 12/24/2013 7:17

    Hi Bjoern,
    This is to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!
    Ruslan
  • Silvana W. 12/22/2013 22:26

    <<<<<<<2013
    <<<<<<<2013
    Silvana W.

    All the best to you and your family*
  • alexander stefanatos 12/22/2013 22:19

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my heart.
    alexander
  • Adele Oliver 12/22/2013 21:34

    I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas Season and for the New Year good health, peace and happiness !!!
    Christmas Comes Just Once A Year
    Christmas Comes Just Once A Year
    Adele Oliver

    hugs, Adele
  • TeresaM 12/21/2013 9:59

    De belles et douces fêtes de fin d'année :-)
    Amitiés,
  • Ruslan Karpov 12/17/2013 12:53

    Hi Bjoern, thank you so much for your comment and vote! best wishes, Ruslan
    nocturne
    nocturne
    Ruslan Karpov
  • LOULOU44 12/14/2013 19:14

    Le CENS 2
    Le CENS 2
    LOULOU44
    Thank you very much for your voting "PRO".
    The star is also your's.
    Congratulations,
    Louis
  • Manuela Innocenti 12/12/2013 16:34

    thanks a lot :)
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Skills

equipment

Kodak S100EF 35mm

Canon G1X

Nikon FA
Nikkor 50mm ai-s (pancake)
Nikkor 28-80mm

Sony a7
Zeiss 24-70 f4