Interview with Wolfgang Mothes

#1 Please introduce yourself

I am a self-taught photographer living in Frankfurt/Germany. Architecture photography has always been my favorite subject, but I’m much interested in other genres of photography as well, especially panorama, technology and infrared. My work has been exhibited in Germany, GB, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary and Russia. I work for magazines, published three books and many calendars. I still apply analog photography too, always using the zone system and meticulously work out my images in the darkroom. My favorite tools are the analog Linhof Technorama 617 panoramic camera and the Sony Alpha 7 R II. With my photographs I aim to reach the emotional level of the viewer and create images that linger in the memory. Hope you will enjoy my images. Have fun!

#2 How did you get interested in photography?

I was interested in photography ever since I was a child. Maybe it was because my father bought a Leica back in the fifties, which for my brother and me was a fascinating little piece of mechanical trickery, especially since occasionally we were allowed to try our little hands at it.

#3 Which artist/photographer inspired your art?

More than anyone else I drew my inspiration from the recently departed German photographer Robert Häusser with Michael Kenna in second spot. I cannot point out any particular architectural photographer.

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#4 How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph?

Usually before I begin taking photos, I have already scouted my motive entirely and taken smartphone shots. So I know the site, the camera position and the focal length. Then I wait for my kind of perfect weather which is almost always bad weather because it greatly helps dramatizing a picture.

#5 Which places have been your favourite shooting sites so far and why?

Since I live near Frankfurt am Main in Germany, a town with a wonderful skyline, I often look for motives there. However I have still many other photo ideas projected in my mind of cities around the world . All I have to do now is go there, time permitting.

#6 What do you do in your life besides photography?

In my normal life I’m a lawyer.

#7 What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

I will stick to architectural photography, first of all in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin.


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