Recently I got the chance to chat with Photographer Andreas Richter, also known to many as Fotobeam.
What time of day are you most creative, and why?
Usually the best time to be creative is late afternoon and evening hours. For photographic reasons the blue hour (period of twilight) is perfect to get the best shots. The light is warm, soft and beautiful. In the evening hours I have peace of mind to work with my pictures and develop their individual character.
Describe your workspace.
I try to keep my workspace organized which is not always that easy: During my daily work I am using a lot of equipment: lenses, flashes, filters, tri-pod, pen tablet etc. So I would say it is both: a structured workplace on one hand and a creative environment on the other hand.
What inspires you most in life?
That is a mixture of different things. For example, I like to gather new impressions on my travels. There a lot of inspiring locations around the world. And sometimes you will find something amazing where you didn’t expect it.
What does ‘beauty’ mean to you?
You know that saying: Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. I think that hits the nail on the head. I can find something beautiful in many different things: water reflecting the sunlight, a burned tree in the desert or people passing by and fading away in a rainy night. If you make photos then the challenge is to show your personal understanding of beauty.
Are there any concepts or ideas which you would like to re-explore?
Everytime I am visiting a new place, I try to see things with different eyes. By exploring something anew, you open up new possibilities and perspectives. And sometimes the result can be very surprising.
For a young artist who wishes to make a living fulfilling their dream – what advice would you give?
I believe that people should follow their dreams and try to achieve them. Inspiration and a clear vision help to discover your own potential. And if you have people who support you and maybe guide you then you should learn from their experience.
Do you have a hero?
In my childhood I had heroes but now I would say “No”. There is no typical hero in my opinion. Everyone has his strengths and weaknesses. I wouldn’t call someone a hero, rather I would say this is an exceptional person.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
The answer is quite simple – that is where my girlfriend is. Actually there is another favorite place and I guess you know it quite well: Vancouver. I simply love this city and its folks. It has many beautiful and contrasting places.
Finally, are there any new/upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?
Currently I am working on two projects: The first one is the improvement of my own website. It is almost done. It took some days to move the old-fashioned site to the new WordPress layout. Now I am able to offer more interaction through the website itself and can better present my portfolio. Preparing my next photo trip is the upcoming project. The destination will be Japan. It is really fascinating: the history, culture, people, and land. Japan forms the perfect symbiosis of modern urban lifestyle and the traditional way of living.
Visit Andreas Richter aka Fotobeam online @ fotobeam.de