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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 AE-1, which I always had with me on my skat­ing trips. Grad­u­al­ly, I dis­cov­ered that there is more pas­sion in pho­tog­ra­phy than I orig­i­nal­ly suspected.

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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.

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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 May 2018 · neubau eyewear