Could you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Chris, I’m 36 years young with a passion for street photography. I currently live in Switzerland with my wife and daughter. All the free time I have, outside of work and family is spent photographing the streets.
We all know that photography can be frustrating at times. How do you stay motivated to shoot on the street?
Motivation is really difficult at times, especially in Zurich, where at least 4 months out of the year are grey. This grayness was the reason I started shooting with a flash and then I really liked it so I kept shooting with flash also in good light. What helps against slumps in motivation then; I found what works for me is to just power through them it will change eventually and you just have to keep shooting until this happens.
What is it about the street that keeps you shooting? Some people say its about the people, other say its about documenting an environment or population, what is it for you?
It keeps me fit and sane! On a more serious note, I just love photography and the “hunt” for something I find interesting and/or beautiful. I think it’s the hunt for the next good photo that keeps me going.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first piece of camera equipment that you would go and buy?
I would not buy anything; I would spend it on travel and maybe self publish something, who knows? I don’t think about it much since I don’t play.
I think there are a couple of types of street photographers. Option A is a find a location and wait for the moment, option B is a wander and not wait, things will happen if you keep moving. Which type are you?
I’m a B-Type, I’m too restless to stay in one place for more than 30 seconds, I could however walk up and down the same street for a whole day.
Do you shoot Street by yourself, or with other people?
99% of the time by myself, but I do occasionally take trips with friends to shoot, like I did last year with my friend Ola Billmont. (check him out, he’s a great photographer)
Bruce Gilden, Daido Moriyama, and Zoe Strauss are stuck on a desert island. You can only save one of them, who will it be?
Gilden for sure, not just because he is one of my favourite photographers, but also because he’s a great guy and makes me laugh, I have not met the other two.