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Marc Petzold
Marc Petzold
Geographic location Amateur photographer, Bochum, Germany
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When and how do you start to create?

I have had my 1st camera into the 80's, when i was a kid...a cheap Film Camera..and it took a long time since when i have had my 1st SLR, since 2001, i started taking pictures digital, by 2003, with DSLR. As subjects, i do like many things...but i have a faible for cemetery angels & statues, shooting them since i am 12.

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Do you went to an art school or self-taught?

I am self taught, and always trying to improve, to get better.

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Do you create as a professional or for your own?

just for my own, i do see photography as some kind of "ZEN", and self-therapy. It does make my heart happy...it is as simply as that. I do love photography, appreciate art.

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How do you learn and work your skill?

I started fiddling, tinkering with picture edit into the early 90s, but i am still not and never will be a "pro" when it comes to post-processing, my "skills" are limited, and i am using maybe 2-3% of the PS features, but that's okay for the task, still always being trying and slowly learning new stuff, to get better.

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What do you like in this art, your motivation?

I love b&w photography...it doesn't work for every subject, but color distracts the eye...often...but for landscape photography, i do prefer color...besides this, i like photography being moody, emotional, dark...it does sound maybe weird, but i do need to sort my feelings...i need my specific kind of music...i must be into the mood...to feel comfortable with, usually, i can work best when listening to my fave music by headphones, and trying to create the pictures, that i have had into my minds eye...it works, sometimes, not always.

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What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your work?

I don't consider myself "good" enough - because into my own standards, i am not as 10% as good, as i would love to be...i do shoot since my childhood, with breaks into between, months, sometimes ages...but i always came back to this photography hobby. I am passionate about it, and i treat it way seriously, as a hobby. I consider a picture being good, if it causes a emotional reaction by the viewer, which sometimes happens. I don't have this typical attitude - so many called "artists" do have. I never call myself good enough, or being an "artist"...creating photographs does make me happy, and helps me to picture my present. I do appreciate if people do like my work, but if not, it's also okay.

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What are your favourite subject(s)?

Statues, Architecture, Fall & Winter Season, Landscape, Nature, Automobile, Bikes, Objects...and things that i would like.

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What are your prefered moment(s) when you create?

I need dim light, my fave music by headphones, patience...and a specific mood, to create my pictures.

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What are you trying to share via your art?

I want to give the eye of the beholder not only a "picture", but also a emotional reaction, if possible...and also to let think the viewer about a particular picture, without i have to explain it...I know, it's way hard...and even more to describe this...for instance, if the viewer looks at a statue, and have wet eyes because of the mood of the picture, then it was good enough for me...i'm always trying to transport some kind of emotion through this 2D, flat picture...it is way hard to achieve, but i am always trying to make my pictures into that way, that the eye of the beholder gets something with it, hopefully a emotional reaction...sometimes, people tell me, what they have had felt, had into mind, when looking at picture xy, and from time to time, they've thought exactly the same what i've thought a particular picture...when looked at the same picture...that makes my soul happy, for real...when people do share the same thoughts about it. "A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into." (Ansel Adams)

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Who are artists that fascinate or give you inspiration? (links)

Ansel Adams Alfred Stiglitz Bruce Barnbaum Michael Freeman and many more...

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What equipment and/or technic do you use?

Different gear, from my beloved, old analogue 35mm Film SLR to digital, but i mostly like to use "vintage" gear, or when it comes to digital gear, older ones. I still do use my Sony R1, and i also like my EOS 5D, as well as my A7, Contax SLR and others...

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How and why your work as changed since you started?

I am a bit better, than let's say some 10 or even 20 years ago...i see optical flaws into a particular picture, that i haven't seen that long ago...sometimes, i dig up way old stuff, and see if i can fix & improve things, if i'm lucky, and still find the raw files onto my harddrives...

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What does the Internet media give you?

Feedback, critics, both is needed, to develop further...and there is more, even friendship, with other photographers.

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What are you expecting from Art Limited and/or other members?

i really don't know yet, but i'd wish for constructive feedback, suggestions, and honest critics, to get better within time.

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If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?

I am not a professional, neither i do live from my hobby, photography. I do have a way ordinary, job...like most human beings.

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What are your plans in the future?

to get better, to evolve within the years to come...

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Do you have anything else to say?

I'm being way happy as an "amateur" photographer, and not being a "pro". The reason for myself is, i don't have work schedules, post-processing rules, client wishes and deadlines, etc...i am free, i am on my own, and i can photograph what i do personally like and love, and being not restricted into everything, what would limit myself. Otherwise, if i would do this for a living, i'd look for another job, because i am a free thinker, which can't bear such situation. Photography is like therapy...it keeps my mind calm.

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