In a short interview, Photographer and Photo Designer Patric Böttcher answers some questions in a short interview. As he inspires his personal environment for quite some time now, he talks about his life, his passion for photography and his various sources of inspiration. His pictures are presented on different platforms, as for example seen.by, view.stern.de or flickr.de.
- Hello Patric, some visitors might already know you from Facebook or popular photo communities, others may not. Therefore, could you please introduce yourself?
Hi everyone, my name is Patric Böttcher and I was born in 1976 in the historical and water-rich Brandenburg an der Havel. I currently live in Berlin. Besides my passion for photography, I love Mountain Biking, fiddling with bicycles of all kind and trying to find some time for new things.
- What is your profession?
Initially I was working for the third largest mobile phone company in Germany, first as product manager hardware and later as a project manager in marketing. After a couple of years, however, I decided to turn my long-term passion into a profession and become a freelance photographer. I would describe myself as a “Photoholic”.
- How did you discover your passion for photography?
Some day, I think it was in late summer of 2008, I was going through my only photo album. It’s one of these photo albums everyone has since the day you’re born, from the cute baby pictures until my youth initiation. And that’s exactly where it ended! 1990, year of my youth initiation, when I got my first very own and super cool mountain bike financed with youth initiation monetary gifts, the over-pleated trousers – but that’s it. Of course, there are a couple of snapshots from the end-nineties, but not really any pictures of the times in between. And exactly during that moment I realized shockingly, that there are almost two decades of my life lacking almost any photographic documentation. Since that moment I started getting in touch with photography and have always been to freeze fascinating moments using the art of photography.
- What kind of equipment do you use and why do you use it?
At first I bought a compact camera, a Sony DSC-H3. Shortly thereafter, I got myself a Bridge-Camera, a Sony DSC-R1. It’s a really good camera with an APS-C Sensor, which is also assembled in reflex cameras. After getting deeper and deeper into the world and endless possibilities of photography, the time was ready in October 2009 to get my first reflex camera, a Canon EOS 50D, followed by various photographic lenses and useful accessories.
I work with the 50D until today. I tried a lot of cameras and did a lot of research, and finally chose the Canon because I liked the haptic and the usability best. I just need to reach as many control elements as fast as possible. Furthermore, an easy and intuitive Menu – that’s it. Technically you can measure and compare almost anything, however, in direct class comparison the systems of different manufacturers don’t vary as much. The camera just needs to fit your hand! Ah, and I almost forgot; my „ready-at-hand“ camera, which I almost always have in my backpack, is a Ricoh GX200. It’s a small and compact camera that allows you to adjust the parameters manually – and it processes the .raw format.
- What inspires you?
So many things; the light at different daytimes, interesting faces, nature in all forms and colours, art from various topics – simply everything that everyday life presents us in in concentrated form. You just need to look at the world with open eyes and enjoy each and every moment. The inspiration follows naturally.
- What are your favourite motives and why those? What fascinates you about them?
There are so many fantastic moments that one needs to capture. I currently can’t really specify my most favourite motives. However, I have recently started to focus more and more on photographing people, especially portrait photos in the beauty and fashion area. It’s a very interesting field of photography if you create a detailed concept prior to the shooting. You create ideas about the outfit, the location, hairstyle and make up – and then I already see the pictures right before my eyes.
Quite the contrary, which I also enjoy a lot, is to just walk by the street with the camera ready in your hand. There are so many details to explore that you can forget almost everything around you. Whether it’s nature or architecture, the appeal is often the combination of both or the complete contradiction between both.
- What’s your opinion on how to improve as a photographer?
I think you need to first find your style and stick to it, while still trying and exploring new things. Just shoot and check out the photos, take some time for it. I think this it what makes you better and better. For the rest of your life, you and improve and learn something new. That’s why I like to quote at that point:
„Die Fähigkeit, Ideen und Impulse ohne Strangulation und ohne Angst vor Lächerlichkeit auszudrücken, ist ein wesentlicher Aspekt der Kreativität – der Selbstverwirklichung.“ Abraham Maslow
- Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer the questions and we wish you continued success.
I also thank you.