Interview Stefan Guemperlein

Photography records incredible nature moments forever, which take place in seconds.

Interview Stefan Guemperlein

Name: Stefan Guemperlein
Hometown: Hood River, Oregon, USA
Style of Photography: Nature & Environment
Type of Camera: Film: Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Nikon FM; Digital: Nikon D700

What gives you inspiration?

I grew up in a beautiful town in southern Germany, spending lot’s of time in the mountains and nature. I was looking for a medium to share the power of nature with people who had never encountered the beautiful scenery away from civilization, with photography I was able to freeze those moments, and bring them from the remoteness to the living rooms of family and friends. Later on in my life I was observing civilization and how it progressed, finding old structures and buildings today, abandoned and decaying, tomorrow gone forever. That inspires me today to capture them forever on film or digital, to be documented and remembered in the future.

What are your influences?

Nature in the first place. Old school photographers like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Walker Evans and others who are masters of Black & White photography are more on the technical part of influence. For me photography is a mix of art and trade.

Why did you choose these photos?

Because I (currently) love them and I have large format prints of them hanging on my walls at home.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography has a couple meanings to me, first it’s a way to escape the demands of daily life, secondly it records incredible nature moments forever, which take place in seconds – chasing after the perfect light!


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