PETER BAUMANN

Three years ago I started taking photos of landscapes and wildlife and at that time I was under the impression that taking pictures of people in any way would bore me. However, after actually starting to have human subjects in front of my lens I learned that it might have been much more a form of self-protection because it turns out that captioning people is not that simple after all. I began taking behind the scenes pictures one and a half years ago on fashion shootings. This opened my mind and started a fascination for portraits and fashion photography itself.

 

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Human beings are distinguished by an individual beauty and there is something special characterizing thoughts, feelings, and experiences that is very unique to each and every single person. In order to capture this uniqueness, I feel it takes more than technical knowledge. Nevermind if you are shooting with a professional model or a first timer, with regard to a somewhat essence of that moment you can direct your subject in a certain way you see fit, but the magic happens when you let things happen. Giving your counterpart the opportunity to let loose and be themselves opens up a different set of possibilities during the shoot.

 

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A few days before this shooting I visited the museum of photography in Berlin (Germany) to see the exhibitions of Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, and Jean Pigozzo. I was really impressed by their art and the way they mix fine-art nudes with fashion as well as how they transported spontaneity. I was particularly fascinated by the fact that at the time some of those pictures where published they were perceived as provocative and even in a setting of 2018, where most of the mainstream advertisements are somehow over sexualized, they still do. Nudity and intimacy seem to be connected with sexualization only, notwithstanding the fact that nude bodies are the most natural thing humans can encounter. Unfortunately, it seems we are still living in a world where nude photography is often perceived as objectification and dominated by the male gaze.

 

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I try to find my own style in a mixture of the fascination of landscape photography and the beauty of bodies and fashion, guided by the attempt of telling a story within my pictures. Fortunately I have the possibility to work with great inspiring professionals to push my limits and to gaining new experiences.

 










Maria Kn // mariaknmodel // mariakn.com

Peter Baumann // monophoness

 

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