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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”.

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