A while back, I posted a photo from a series called Traffic Lights 2.0 by Lucas Zimmerman. After posting it, I had a great response from social media and I decided that I would try and get a Q&A done with him. So I decided to send him an email to see if he would be interested.
Lucky, I was able to reach out to him, and get a response.
A little background
After receving his answers, I starting to understand a little more about the photographer from Germany. Wheather I was looking at his series Solitude Places with people glued to their smartphones. Or his use of flames to create his Instable Colors series. You can tell Lucas puts a lot of thought into his photos, and does a lot of planning on how to approach each series. Even the series he did on tent in strange places shows a vast amount of planning.
So, after a long wait, I present a Q and A with Lucas Zimmerman.
Q & A
YGTFM: How long have you been doing photography?
Lucas: Since 10 Years now.
YGTFM: At what moment did you decide this is what you wanted to do?
Lucas: I started studying visual communications in weimar wich basically combines a lot of different arts like graphics, motion picture, typography or advertising but also photography. I Was not sure what to do in the beginning and since I already knew how to take picture I thought why not bring it to a higher level.
YGTFM: It happens to every creative person, but how do you breakout of creative ruts?
Lucas: I don’t force it. When you give it time and interest creativity will find you. This way you don’t have to look for it.
YGTFM: Where do you find your inspiration?
Lucas: Just like many photographers in everyday life. I didn’t understand that phrase for a long time and thought it would be some overly romantic thing. I look for compositions and contrast between object and surroundings with a highlight on the mood the is created by the lightning. Thats what I am looking for and when you look long enough you will always find something that fits your needs. What I don’t do is seek inspiration online or from other artist. It’s something that has always depressed me more than encouraging me.
YGTFM: What do you hate most about doing photography?
Lucas: Well I couldn’t say hate because its also the reason why I love it. That a camera captures light different that the human eye. I don’t talk about filters but about color and light range. So sometime I see a scene and take a picture but the result is far away from what I imagined the picture to be. Often thats frustrating but just because its different doesn’t mean its worse. It can also be better and thats when I love it. When the camera makes me see a scene with a whole new perspective.
YGTFM: If you could be doing anything else in life without limits what would it be?
Lucas: Skiing all day, everyday. I am a ski instructor and if I could thats what I would like to do as often as possible.
I would just like to thank Lucas for taking the time to respond to my questions, and wish him the best of luck in his future work.
I hope this short Q&A can inspire you become more creative. And shout out below, if you think you know an artist that I should try and reach out to for an interview!