Björn Otterbach

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Through my work I aim to do the natural scenes that I witness justice. I enjoy being in nature, away from the rigid and straight lines of man-made order. I believe that nature never makes an aesthetic mistake, and that’s what I attempt to express through my photography.

View his photographs produced during this year, along with his year-end interview below:


When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has this shifted over the course of the year?

My passion has always been photographing nature and that has not changed over the course of this year, although it has been nice to experience the varieties of photography one can go into. 

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

Digital. It’s 2018, you have to take advantage of the tools at your disposal. There is something nice about analogue technology, and not only in cameras, but if you want to be a professional today I think you need to utilize digital. You can go without a film camera, but you can’t go without a digital camera.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?


Why did you choose to study photography?

To become more literate in the craft.

Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?

Exploratory, Patient, Spontaneous.

What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?

Surprisingly, the documentary project was my favourite. It was the project that we had the most time to complete, which allowed us to really engage with the people we were photographing.

Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how/why?

I really enjoy the work of Jordan Hammond, Marvin Kuhr, and Johannes Hulsch. I know this not an artsy thing to say, but I find most of my inspiration through Instagram, and these were some of the first photographers I started following.

What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?

The most important thing is to find your niche, ‘style’ or whatever you want to call it, just be consistent.

What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?

Only do this if you are really serious about turning this into a career. If you like photography as a hobby, maybe it’s better to just keep on doing it in your free time. The school will provide you with some tools and guidelines, but it will come down to what you make of it.