Andreas Bildgestalter is one of those amateur photographers whose talent is outstanding and should be showcased widely in the photography world. iLHP is constantly on the lookout to find new talents and showcase professionals as well as amateurs who produce constantly breathtaking pictures. Andreas is one of them in his field: Architecture. His world is made of straight lines, tight curves and with a lot of purity. Let’s discover together his philosophy. Don’t miss out the link below to the “making of” of his most rewarded photograph!
iLHP: First of all, thank you very much Andreas for taking the time to answer to our questions. How long have you been into photography?
Andreas: I’m into photography since the beginning of 2011. I’ve been interested in photography before but never really jumped in it until then. I did shoot with a small digital camera during vacations though, and I bought my first digital reflex camera, which was a NIKON D90.
iLHP: How old are you if I may ask and where do you live?
Andreas: I’m 50 years old and I live in Gelsenkirchen which is a town in the Ruhrarea in West-Germany. It’s quite a good and central location to reach a lot of places around which are interesting for me.
As a former motocross rider, I could only share a bit of my passion here through photography. Instead of showing you some of my own portfolio pictures, I thought I’d introduce you to one of the best professional photographers in this field. And one of the reasons I chose him was because he works for several big motocross magazines and pro-teams to cover the US outdoor championship and the world championship too.
Charloux mostly uses a Canon 5D MarkIII but he also owns a 1D and a 7D.
Aurelien is our very first talented photographer that iLHP is glad to showcase thanks to our Flickr Group. His astral photographs and landscape shots are simply outstanding. We’re glad not only to showcase his work but also to provide you with an exclusive interview.
iLHP: Hi Aurelien, I’m very glad to have you here as our first iLHP Flickr group winner! Congratulations, your work is outstanding! Please tell us more about yourself?
Aurelien: Hi Chris, I’m 30 years old, I’m a sports teacher in France. I’m not a professional photographer, just a passionate amateur.
It was just less than a year ago now that I decided to upgrade my camera from an older model Canon (I don’t even know what model) to the Canon 70D. I thought it was also just the appropriate time to purchase a more functional camera bag. I opted for a relatively small bag that carried my essentials because the only lens I had at the time was the kit lens, a 18-135mm.
Having a background in fashion and design for many years, I loathed that my camera and bag appeared just like everyone else’s. I desperately needed something to personalize my camera and and the most effortless way I could to do so was to search for a super neck strap. I searched extensively online for something that suited my style and was functional. Comfort was not an issue for me. Hey as they say, fashion before function. However, I was astonished the camera strap not only looked great but was comfortable and durable. Even more so than the generic strap.
When I used to shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, I had a whole system based on the Kata 3n1-20. That thing was superbly designed. It was a backpack that could be used as a sling for lefties and righties. It had a trolley system so you can use it as a roll-on bag. It even had a tripod/monopod holder that I regularly used. It was great. It was always ready. I could pick up and travel with me anywhere in a moment’s notice. It could carry the pro body, 5 lenses, all the chargers, miscellaneous gadgets, and even an iPad. But, fully laden, it weighed up to 40lbs.
The switch to the FF mirrorless Sony A7 has been a joy. Superior image quality at half the size and weight. With the smaller camera, I was also able to significantly lighten my gear. To quote Lotus cars founder Collin Chapman: