Interview with John Wilhelm, photographer
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1. A short bio and introduction how ever and as long you want it to be.
My name is John Wilhelm. I’m an almost 47 year old (but actually I feel like 46) hobby photographer from Switzerland. My profession is IT my passion is photographie my future is 3D.
I live together with my pregnant wife (actually it’s my girlfirend and yes it will be a boy) and 3 little girls (3, 5, 8) in a small house in the city of Winterthur, approx. 25km to Zurich.
2. Where is home?
Home is where the children, the mess and the noise are.
3. Where and how did you first found out you are into photography?
Well I’ve grown up in a photographer’s family. My dad was (he’s still alive but not into photography anymore) a very enthusiastic hobby photographer already. Must stick somewhere in the genes I guess.
4. How did you develop an interest in photography?
Photography was always important but it became a real passion when I entered the compositing- and retouching-genre approx. 6 years ago. Finally there was a way to create the impossible and to bring my own fantasy to live.
5. What equipment do you prefer to use?
I love my Sony a7rII with 24-70 GM, my Elinchrom Studio-flashes and 3D tools like Cinema4D, Octane Render and ZBrush.
6. Why do you take photos?
Because I failed with sports and other hobbies 😉
7. Did you go to school to study photography? Do you see and importance in photography education?
I think it’s important to know the basics. So learning is important. For me self-teaching with tutorials, books etc. works very good but others need coaches, mentors, trainers, schools and even universities.
8. How long have you been a photographer?
I was always a boy with a cam but a more serious hobby photographer for about 10 years I guess.
9. What or who got you started in photography? If there is a person or inspiration.
I think first it was my father but the spark to get into retouching and compositing was initiated by artists and photographers like Calvin Hollywood oder Uli Staiger etc.
10. How would you describe your style?
Perhaps funny esthetic?
11. Is photography just a hobby or its work?
An intense Hobby.
(Interview Popular Photo März 2017)
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12. Biggest inspirations in your works outside photography.
My wife, my children and live itself.
13. Photographers who inspire you?
Many many many… but my absolute favorit is Erik Johannson… he’s just brillant.
14. Any website or blog you often visit about photography.
Petapixel, 500px ISO, Sony alpha rumors and many more
15. Do you market your photography and if yes how?
Just a little bit of social media that’s it. It’s just my hobby actually.
16. Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph and you still have not?
Yes my unborn son. Will have to wait till July.
17. What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
Buy a cam and let’s get started.
18. I there Something you’re still learning in photography?
Yes every day. Learning will never end. Every situation, every shooting and every project comes with its own challenges which have to be mastered.
19. What photographic ambitions you are still seeking to achieve?
Actually not that much. At the moment I’m a little more into 3D and want to become better in sculpting, modeling and rendering things and scenes. I’m pretty sure 3D is the future.
20. What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
Be a father of 4 healthy children.
21. How much do you care for digital editing after you get the shot, cropping, colors and…?
I don’t care. Everything I do is straight out of cam. But seriously… postproduction, editing and creating 3D stuff takes most of the effort in my images.
22. What is a recent project you have been working on and what inspired you?
I’m working on many different projects. Everything highly confidential 😉
23. Many of your works are so fresh and energetic, frank and expressive from unique aspects and storytelling, does it say anything about you?
It could mean I’m a fresh, energetic, frank and expressive person? Definitely!
24. Your works are very good examples of how photography can work well with computer image making and still be called photography. Do you see any boundary? And what can still be called photography or computer arts? what do you think?
The boundaries are disolving. I mean even if I’m creating a scene in complete 3D there are probably still textures shoot by cam or 3D-scanned objects which were created by hundreds of images. For me it’s like: If at any given point during the process of creating an image a cam was involved I call it photography (but it’s just an excuse to uload it to 500px and other platforms ;)).
25. You have tutorials made from your artworks. Why do you like to teach other?
No just timelapse movies. Perhaps I will transform into a trainer later in my life… at the moment I prefer to be an artist.
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