Our photographer Normen Gadiel has quite some beautiful, atmospheric portraits in his portfolio. In our monthly feature “Photographers talk about their photos” he tells about us what drives him and his way of working.
Photocase asked me to write a text about me and my photos and suddenly I was preoccupied with myself and I can tell you, that’s not at all as easy as it seems.
Why photography and why this way and no other? To answer this question, I would like to make us of a quote by Richard Avedon: “My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.”
I love this quote because it makes me realize how easy you can explain your own photography. No matter if it’s self portrait photography (like in my case) or portrait photography of other people. When I look at the photos, I always discover moods I really like and that I captured in the photo. It’s a little bit like looking into a mirror. That’s me.
What is it that drives me? I can’t really tell but I think it’s a mixture of the urge to create something, the access to people and the visual memory.
There is no day that I don’t think about photography. That’s how I know that this is exactly my thing. I constantly feel the urge to improve my photography.
In my photos, I try to create situations, that predetermine a certain mood but at the same time offer enough room for own interpretations. I think every photo will always be interpreted differently, depending on the viewer and I like this idea.
The technology at my side is a Canon 5D Mark II together with (in most cases) a 50mm lens (a Carl Zeiss Planar T*50mm f/1.4 at the moment, which has no autofocus and therefore forces me to decide more conciously.) For my self-portraits an additional tripod is inevitable.
I get my motivation from different photographers from all over the world that constantly inspire me with their photos. For the future, I hope I can keep my passion for photography and that I will be able to share it with as many people as posssible.