Travel, Landscape, Cityscape, Double Exposure, Drone & Aerial
The Photographic Spark
I was born and raised in Canada, but I have basically spent my entire adult life in Germany. I originally came to Europe as an exchange student, and just kind of stuck around.
Growing up I always had a creative drive, but it wasn’t obvious for me where to put it. So, I played it safe and studied business at university – a decent choice for any profession, in retrospect.
I ended up in technology and marketing roles at start-ups and large corporations. I was able to apply creativity to my work. However, I felt that I was barely scratching a very itchy itch.
One day in passing, a colleague mentioned that he’s found a good deal on a camera – then and there my face lit up. I somehow knew that was the outlet I was looking for, and that initial spark over time has become an inextinguishable, raging inferno.
(Don’t) Quit Your Day Job
It’s not easy to sit at a desk all day, when you have a passion you would like to pursue. I used the majority of my spare time on evenings, weekends and vacations to cultivate the fire I had going, and to take a lot of bad photos.
After a while I knew that if I wanted to make significant progress, I would have to devote more daylight hours to photography.
So, after 5 years at my last company, I actually did quit my day job – well my job as an employee at least. I still do work as a consultant and freelancer in the technology and marketing fields. I don’t know if I would want to give up using that part of the brain entirely.
I’m an atheist. Some people associate atheism with a lack of wonder, or perhaps even a sign of hubris. On the contrary, the chances of being born, let alone being born at a time with optometrists and low-cost commercial travel are infinitesimally small. It’s like winning the lottery many times over.
I try and capture people, places and things in the most wonderous light possible, as opposed to documentary or street photography perhaps. Whether it is a foggy island in Norway or the local train stop, I try and step back, recognize and appreciate the light as it changes, the photos then tend to present themselves.
If that doesn’t work, I just book a flight to Iceland.
If you have a project in mind please get in touch: adam[at]vradenburg.de