by Daniel Hofmann
It’s difficult to keep photographing when you have a full time job – at least, that’s what I told myself to feel better. We all have those days when it is easier to say that something else is more important or that we just don’t have the time for it. Indeed, there are days when that is the truth; but most of the time, we just lie to ourselves. When I was in India it was easy to take pictures. I had time and everything was new and inspiring to me.
Back in Germany, that changed. So I had to look for different way to take photos. I always love to tell a story with my pictures, meaning; I just had to find something new to tell. Recently I found that story. A very personal one that I’m not ready to share with you yet, but ironically, that’s exactly what I want to talk about:
I believe that taking pictures is like writing in a journal: I show you how I see the world and maybe with every frame you understand me a little bit better. That’s one of the reason I love photography so much: with every picture I learn a little bit more about myself. With this new project, it’s more personal than taking portraits in the streets. It’s something new because it can’t be planned like a day in a new exciting city. It just happens in my ordinary life: I’m sitting in a room, I talk, I laugh and suddenly there is a moment I want to capture…something extraordinary.
The reason I’m not going to talk about it in detail is because even when most photographs are for sharing, some of them you should keep close to yourself. Just for a while so you can figure out what it really is and maybe what you want it to be. Is it just a moment, or is there a bigger story? Why is this situation or this person so important to me? That’s what I’m doing right now. Figuring it out step by step – very small steps. I’m not sure if I’m making sense right now but I hope from photographer to photographer you know what I mean.