“My inspirations are the people in the streets and their behaviours. Furthermore I’m inspired by the wonderful patterns, colours, shadows and geometric elements that are put together to a composition like a puzzle.” Enrico Markus Essl Street Photography
Enrico Markus Essl (born 1970) is a street photographer from Austria currently based in Linz. He’s self-taught. For Enrico Markus Essl street photography means “freedom to let my creativity flow and to capture special moments in a unique way”.
Artist statement: “Shoot, shoot, shoot!”
Enrico Why did you become a photographer? And why street photography?
I’ve been interested in photography since my childhood when I bought a Russian Zenit reflex camera with my pocket-money. That was the beginning of my passion for photography that has lasted until today.
I came across street photography in 2010 during a stay in Berlin. I took many pictures, but first I couldn’t really classify them until I happened upon the term „street photography“ on the internet.
What does photography mean to you?
For me photography means freedom to let my creativity flow and to capture special moments in a unique way.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
Actually, I don’t really plan projects. Of course one has ideas when going out in the streets and running around town for hours.
It often happens that selected pictures show common features and then these pictures end in a series.
When I visit other cities I try to figure out special impressions of places in order to represent a whole picture of the street.
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Which photographer has inspired you most?
Leni Riefenstahl and Helmut Newton have definitely inspired me most.
To my mind no other photographer has such mastery of photography staging.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
“I’m inspired by the wonderful patterns, colours, shadows and geometric elements.”
My inspirations are the people in the streets and their behaviours. Furthermore I’m inspired by the wonderful patterns, colours, shadows and geometric elements that are put together to a composition like a puzzle.
What’s in your bag when you leave the house to shoot street photography?
My Leica X1, cigarettes and money for coffee.
What’s your favorite website about street photography?
There are a few: www.in-public.com, www.street-photographers.com www.urbanpicnic-streetphotography.com.
What book about photography would you recommend?
I don’t have books about photography. I get inspired by exhibitions I visit.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with street photography?
Don’t look for motives, the motives find you. And buy good shoes for running around endlessly.
More information about street photographer Enrico Markus Essl
Official homepage “Enrico Markus Essl Street Photography”: www.fotofactum.at