The Berlin Ku'Damm - Sebastian Jacobitz

"The Berlin Ku'Damm is the most prominent shopping street in Berlin. Normally the street is filled with people looking for the newest dresses or cell phones. But when the sun leaves the scene, another characteristic is visible. 

Almost like a blurry dream, the series displays another side of the street. Creating those scenes with a flash and a longer shutter speed, the characters of the people become a different twist. Unimpressive, mundane & usual at day. Extraordinary, gritty & wild at night. This is Berlin in a photography series."

Street photography can be very challenging. You don’t get 2nd chances as your décor is always changing and each country has its own customs and laws. Today Sebastian Jacobitz is taking us to Germany, to the fascinating city of Berlin to be more specific, where he is drowning us in dark and mysterious settings that just can't leave you unmoved.

« MY GOAL AS A PHOTOGRAPHER IS NOT ONLY TO EXPRESS MYSELF WITHIN THE IMAGES I PRODUCE BUT ALSO TO PRESENT THE WORLD AND MY SURROUNDINGS IN A UNIQUE AND INTERESTING WAY. TO SHOW PEOPLE THE BEAUTY, EMOTIONS AND STORIES THAT THEY MIGHT BE MISSING AND ULTIMATELY TO CREATE GOOD PICTURES. »

Other than that, he tries to inspire people with his blog streetbounty.com. It's a place for him to share his knowledge and insights about street photography, so that we can understand the charms of this genre more profoundly.

The icing on the cake is the Berlin guide that he created especially for photographers. There you can discover all the must-have places that needs to be seen, so prepare yourself for some intensive finger-clicking at your next trip to Germany's booming capital!

 

What is street photography for you? How would you describe a good street photograph?

Street photography for me is curiosity in everyday life. Searching for interesting places and scenes that others miss out on. A good street photograph should be emotional and address every sense. It also let’s you delve into another time and place right into the photograph.

 

What did you want to tell or make the people feel with this series?

I wanted to create a dream mood that shows the city from a very different perspective that normally is invisible. Combining longer shutter speeds with an external flash let’s me create those special moments. Hopefully, the series is emotional to the viewer and he is able to get lost in the photographs while going through the series.

 

What’s the thing that attracts you the most about this city?

Berlin has very diverse areas and people. From poor to riches to different fashion styles and buildings. The city is constantly changing which keeps it interesting for me and I am able to find something new most of the days.

 

How did you start expressing yourself through photography and why do you think it’s important in your life?

I always wanted to express myself creatively. Before photography, I did music and found that a great relieve. The process of street photography is more interestingly to me though. Going out on the street and feel the atmosphere to be later captured inside my camera is a great way to let out emotions. It is important to me because it keeps my inner balance.

 

You’re also a blogger. Tell us something more about that. Where do you find the inspiration?

The inspiration comes mainly from life itself. When going out on the street, there are floating a lot of thoughts in my mind because street photography can also be a kind of meditation. In writing, I can sort these thoughts out and understand them better myself. Also, I want to document my progress my development as a photographer and the blog helps me to keep constantly improving.

 

What kind of gear – talking about camera and post processing – did you carry with you in these trips and how is your workflow?

I carry my RicohGr II and the FujiX100F with me. Though I mainly use the RicohGr II when I am on the street for many hours as it is more handy. My workflow in general is very simple. Mostly I don’t have a clear aim where I want to go and let me guide by my curiosity. Post-processing is also very simple since I don’t retouch my images and mostly increase the contrast, crop a bit and then publish it.

 

What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

Working on a long-term project and publishing a book about it.

 

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