Aachen / Germany, 1981 Bachelor Of Fine Arts, 2010, Maastricht / Netherlands
My whole interest in photography started around 2001, when my good friend and mentor, Ananda Kurt Pilz, bought himself a Canon digital camera, allowing me to play and fool around with it. As a painter he claimed to see a certain quality in my first photographic footsteps. He had very bad health issues at that time, so he decided to give his old analog photo equipment to me shortly before he died. Over the years, I was more and more tempted to carry out the entire development process myself, from the choice of motif to the final print, instead of handing the films to a photo store. Friends started telling me that their fathers still had old photo lab material in the basement and would like to get rid of it, which suited me very well. In 2007, I had the opportunity to set up my first photo lab in the old coal cellar of my student flat, the same year I started to study art in Maastricht/ Netherlands. I started creating my first photo- and chemograms leading to my very first lousy black & white prints short after. What started out completely clumsy by scratch, solidified over the years into my personal favorite choice of artistic expression, which I still hold onto to this day. With the increasing desire to create oversized prints, I was pushing my darkroom to the limits of what was possible. So I decided to transfer my photowork into big scale charcoal drawings, which at the same time brought me back to my artistic roots as a drawer and painter, long before I started with analog photography. It has always been an important goal to me, to give my photographic work a certain painted or drawn quality. So, that's how the circle closed.