Herbert Koeppel FineArt Photography and Workshops


Today, in mid of 2018, it has been more than twenty years since I came into contact with photography. In fact, I took my first steps in the digital world of photography. Just like my own photography at that time, the new kind of digital photography was also in its infancy.

Through the intensive study of astronomy in the course of an evening school at that time, the study of photography became more intense and intense. The evening school at that time had the purpose to enable me to change my occupation in the direction of "public school teacher". This door in my life finally did not open for me. But that of photography. Twenty years ago, after my first photographic step, my personal photography has now expanded to the analogue photographic world.

PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Why are you actually photographing? A question that, I think every person who reaches for the camera at some point must, or that is sure to ask over and over again. When I seriously asked this question, two things came to light.

1) I can not draw, so I reach for the camera
2) I want to create my own personal realities with my photographs and not just "depict".

My photographic journey in photography began as a nature photographer. Much of this time I photographed under the constraints, dogmas and erroneous assumptions of this photographic genre. The inner compulsion, or the senseless attempt to depict the world as "seen", has meanwhile been abandoned in my personal development. The attempt to "depict" has chanced to the desire for the realization of my inspiration in the form of my own photographic realities, in the form of black-and-white photographs on paper. The term reality refers, first of all, to my way of developing and to the fact that the finished photograph is only real on paper. The desire to implement my inspiration is further supported by the fact that I work exclusively in black and white.

The print, the finished photography on paper is therefore always the ultimate goal for my photographs. For me, photography on paper is the end result of a process that begins with the discovery, the vision and the technical act of taking pictures, which, through development, becomes what I imagine and ends with the print in that a photography really exists in the end.

The majority of my photographs are still being created digitally. With digital cameras, the digital development and the digital print on FineArt paper, with appropriate inkjet printers. Meanwhile, I also work on the analog branch of my black and white photography. These two ways of working differ for me through the reproducibility of digital photography. A reproducibility, which I counteract in my personal digital works by an artificial limitation to 26 pieces.

My analogue photography remains "analogue" from the beginning to the finished analog print. The negatives and paper prints are developed by myself. Naturally, this work differs in that no analog print can be reproduced completely the same. It is the chaotic, imperfect and unpredictable result that distinguishes the analogue process for me from the digital process and thus has a very special appeal for me as well. My analog works are marked by the abbreviation
"vp - (vintage process, vintage print)". In contrast to the artificial limitation of my digital work, I do not want to limit my work created in the "vintage process" extra. It is in the nature of this process that every analogue print is a "one-of-a-kind", a "unique" one and is not one hundred percent reproducible. My "vintage prints" are therefore simply numbered. * Only for the presentation on the Web, the photographs taken in the "vintage process" after the chemical preparation on paper, personally scanned by me.
My analogue photography remains "analogue" from the beginning to the finished analog print. The negatives and paper prints are developed by myself. Naturally, this work differs in that no analog print can be reproduced completely the same. It is the chaotic, imperfect, imperfect and unpredictable result that distinguishes the analogue process from the digital process for me and thus has a very special appeal for me as well. My analog works are marked by the abbreviation "vp - (vintage process, vintage print)". In contrast to the artificial limitation of my digital work, I do not want to limit my work created in the "vintage process" extra. It is in the nature of this process that every analogue print is a "one-of-a-kind", a "unique" one and is not one hundred percent reproducible. My "vintage prints" are therefore simply numbered.
* Only for the presentation on the Web, the photographs taken in the "vintage process" after the chemical preparation on paper, personally scanned by me.

My currently available photographs (dp and vp) can be found in the
"Print Portfolio" section, all new works can always be found in the "New Prints" section. Prices for my photographs will not be found on this website. Why? Well, in my opinion, the price of a photograph is always something individual, both for the artist and for the interested party. If you are interested in purchasing one of my photographs, you will find a link for each photograph to contact me about it.

WORKSHOPS
In the beginning, the curiosity and the own learning of the many technical possibilities of digital photography took me on the road to photography. For fourteen years, my personal photography has been enriched by the fact that I finally had the opportunity to pass on my learned and constantly new experiences around my world of photography through workshops to others, as well as to photography enthusiastic people.

In today's thoroughly technical world, which often strives and acts according to the maxim "more is more ...", I now regard it as a personal privilege to pursue a career that is characterized by personal commitment. For me, the most important ingredient for a successful photo is the person who uses the technology to photographically record the world around him, and to make it an experience for himself and others by a very personal development.

It is particularly appealing to me to get to know the most diverse people and their very personal understanding of their own photography. People and their very personal ways of approaching photography are just as diverse as humans can be. In my professional occupation with these people, however, I never understand myself as an omniscient photographer or even teacher, but rather as a companion and a simple teacher. By engaging with these people and their photographic life, I try in my workshops to promote their enthusiasm for seeing, discovering and photography, to further develop or just to wake it up. An overview of my offered workshop can be found in the
"Workshops" section.

Now it's your turn
Now that you've learned a lot about me, my photography and my workshops, you're on the train. I would be very happy if we met in the near future. Be it that you find something suitable for yourself in my workshop offer or find a print from my photographs that you would like to own. You can also visit me after prior appointment.

In any case, whether you are interested in one of my prints or my workshop offer, I am glad to hear from you ....

Herbert Koeppel, May 2018


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