I think I was born as a photographer, but without a camera. In the early eighties I studied photographic art in Brussels. This was the start, at first I worked several years as a advertising-photographer til, I had to make a decision: stay in the „studio“ or go into the „streets“. As I went back to Munich I decided to go into the streets.
I wouldn´t call me a street photographer. Most of the people see me this way, but I would say I´m more like a “Feelings’photographer”. I don´t photograph everything I see, but I feel everything I photograph. Unfortunately I can´t photograph landscapes and stuff like that, what you photograph has to be feelen. But in general you shouldn´t categorize photographer.
It is a way to feel, you also can say to living. To freeze a moment in which the time stands still is the big art. She gives you a situation which never will happen again in this way. To photograph is not just to pull the trigger. For me is photography the “primary school” of how you see. Instead of a raw picture of the reality, photography allows us a new cognition of everything. A lot of motives which we don´t see become visible. We take part of the sensitivity and transitoriness of the people. Due to that we freeze them in a certain moment, every picture shows the inexorably flow of the time.
Every picture got two people involved: the one who shoots the picture and the one who looks at it. The dream, or better say, the goal of every photographer is that the people who look at it not just see the picture, they should also see the presence of the photographer. That´s important for me.
The most difficult part of photography, or for the photographer is to stay simple and remindable. My personal goal: to freeze emotions. To see them more intensive as most of the people has become part of my life. I wanna stay like a child which sees this big planet the first time.
all images and text © Mario Steigerwald