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We had a talk with Ber­lin based Pho­to­gra­pher Con­rad Bauer 

Berlin based Photographer Conrad Bauer talks about his inspiration and his intense trip to Bali for his latest shooting.

A hint of salt water and the smell of tur­quoi­se pool… Con­rad Bau­er found the per­fect match to our sun­glas­ses in Bali. His clean pho­tos reflect that litt­le bit of hones­ty some­ti­mes got lost on the way — and so does the still life pro­ject he did for us on his litt­le adven­ture on the Island. We had a chat about his work, his inspi­ra­ti­on and his latest jour­ney and tho­se unex­pec­ted chal­len­ges in life.

How did you get into photography?

I star­ted with a Canon AE1, which I always had with me on my ska­ting trips. Gra­du­al­ly, I dis­co­ve­r­ed that the­re is more pas­si­on in pho­to­gra­phy than I ori­gi­nal­ly suspected.

What are your favo­ri­te things to shoot when you are not working for some com­mis­sio­ned project?

Somehow it’s a good mix of ever­ything. I’m a fan of natu­ral light games, but on the other hand I like to do por­traits, too. I do not want to com­mit mys­elf that way.

In your Insta­gram bio you men­ti­on that you’ll take pic­tures whe­re­ver peop­le fly you. What are some of the coo­lest pla­ces you’ve got to tra­vel thanks to your work?

That isn’t long in my bio and unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly (almost) did not hap­pen yet. I hope some­day I can tra­vel the world with spe­cial peop­le and work at dif­fe­rent places. 

Recent­ly, howe­ver, I was with the Kei­ne­mu­sik crew for MCM one night in Paris”.

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Talk us through your crea­ti­ve pro­cess a bit, do you plan your shoots a lot or more just go with the flow? Does it vary from per­so­nal work to com­mis­sio­ned work?

Of cour­se I plan shoo­tings, if they are bigger.

In the pho­tos for neu­bau eye­we­ar, for examp­le, ever­ything was rather unplan­ned and was sim­ply crea­ted. You have to look for small pla­ces for the still lifes, the light has to be right, and sear­ching for them is fun. I did the matching moods also on my trip. 

What inspi­res you?

Insta­gram real­ly inspi­res me. The­re are so many good chan­nels, almost too many. And of cour­se, tra­vel­ling inspi­re me too haha.

How do you see pho­to­gra­phy at the moment, and how social media plays such an important role in it? Do you see it as a good or bad thing?

Social media chan­nels are a gre­at plat­form to show your port­fo­lio in an over­wiew. The dis­ad­van­ta­ge of this is, that you are expo­sed to such a lar­ge flood of images that you can no lon­ger pro­cess pro­per­ly. I suspect that the­re is a litt­le love-hate rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween pho­to­graph­ers and the social media channels.

Who are your favo­ri­te pho­to­graph­ers at the moment?

Jim­my Marb­le, Mar­tin Parr, John Loc Nguy­en, Jonas Lind­stro­em, Rob­bie Law­rence … to name a few.

When you tra­vel do you pre­fer to go explo­re other cities or to more rural natu­ral areas?

I defi­ni­te­ly pre­fer cities. Hap­py with the sea to switch off.

I suspect that the­re is a litt­le love-hate rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween pho­to­graph­ers and the social media channels.

After three days on your trip through Bali your back­pack was sto­len. Whe­re did that hap­pen exact­ly and how did you feel?

Oh, that was some­whe­re bet­ween Cian­jur and Ban­dung, on the island of Jawa. This has felt bla­tant­ly crap­py becau­se I’ve never been rob­bed befo­re. On the third day I lost all my clothes, two ana­lo­gue came­ras, Pola­roids and also the remai­ning sun­glas­ses from neu­bau eye­we­ar. I still had three glas­ses in my belt pouch. But hey, the who­le vil­la­ge now is wea­ring the sunglasses!

After tra­ve­ling and see­ing other pla­ces, what draws you to stay based in berlin?

Tha­t’s a ques­ti­on I actual­ly ask mys­elf more often. Here are the friends, the cli­ents and sure, Ber­lin is also very nice! Later, when I am old & wise, I can ima­gi­ne lea­ving Germany.

02 Mai 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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