Life is a sequence of bizarre, funny and tragic situations and I try to capture it.

For me it all started in 2011 when I stumbled across some pictures of Vivian Maier on the internet. I had some experience with photography but I was interested mainly in architecture and did a lot of artsy stuff, photoshopped to the max.

I knew the term „street photography“ but thought of it as a kind of snapshot technique, not worth to be engaged in. All that changed when I looked at the work of Vivian Maier, her composing skills, her dignity towards her subjects, her sense of humour. I discovered Thomas Leuthard, Elliott Erwitt, Rui Palha and many others. When I first walked the streets myself I was instantly fascinated by all the possible motives I saw. My view shifted from the static aspect to the fleeting moments, happening all the time around me.

But I also immediately realized the difficulties catching the right moment. Too close, not close enough, too slow, composition missed …., I knew I had to learn a lot, but I was hooked. As you can see from my portfolio I improved but I still miss more shots than I take.

Everybody is asking me about the gear I use, so one last word on my equipment. I shoot with an Olympus OM-D EM 5 and two telezooms (12-50mm and 40-150mm), but gear is highly overrated. Take whatever camera you have, walk the streets and you will see for yourself.

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Thank you

Chris Heinroth

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