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In this edition of Hear It, we delve into the artistic world of painter / photographer Andrea Haase. An artist turned photographer, Andrea will be sharing with us on how important is it to have a special “eye” to see things differently as well as to love what we do and do what we love. All these and more in the latest of edition of Hear It!

Photographer: sunnytime / Andrea Haase
Country of Origin: Germany

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Nikon D80 with various lenses, my newest toy is a 105 mm Macro lens... Besides that I use my tripod a lot when I shoot in my little self-made home-studio, where I have plenty of backgrounds and lighting equipment.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
Very exiting because digital photography is changing the way people use to shoot, there is more room to experience, for trial and error, for playing around.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to become an interior designer.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I was working as an artist / painter and just wanted to photograph my paintings to store and display them.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
You must have the passion to do what you do and you need a certain "eye" to see things in a different way.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
To deal with all the technical aspects of photography: lenses, aperture, shutter, exposure and all these things...

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
It is the same as in painting: the feeling when you realize that you have just created something "special".

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
Gather my equipment and consider of the light outside (as far as it is an outdoor shooting) and besides that, I just follow my feelings.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
I always try to point out the beautiful aspects of objects. Even a rusty screw can look impressive when you shoot it the right way. I put things together to arrange still-lifes that will tell the viewer a story.

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
I just keep the basic technical facts in my mind but mainly I follow my heart.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Little things from nature, like a sea shell, a dry leaf or a little daisy - I like to shoot with a macro lens which makes things visible that you normally would not realize (unfortunately also every tiny little piece of dust).

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
I am not at all a people photographer - that is just something I do not like to do.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
I love what I do and I do what I love. I never make a difference between work and free time because I am an artist and in a certain way, I am always "on duty".

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
I am inspired by whatever I see, that can be a shabby billboard or the texture of a stone wall. But also by other artists or photographers. Colors can inspire me a lot, I have been to the Caribbean for several times and after years I still like to paint in those wonderful turquoise blue colors I have seen there...

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
To be honest: that barely ever happens. I share a studio with another artist and we use to inspire each other. Normally the day never has enough hours to finish all our projects and ideas. And if I really do not feel creative, I just go and do some office stuff or clean up our studio.

16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
Paint... shoot photos... paint... shoot photos... paint... shoot photos - hey, that urge to create is my normal feeling when I stand up in the morning. Nothing unusual.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
That I can deal with technical aspects and that I can be very ambitious when I want to get into something.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
James Nachtwey - because he is doing the kind photography which is far from everything I will ever reach. And he is doing it with a passion which I really admire.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Be patient (you need to build up a decent portfolio), be creative (there are already many many good shots), view the market (stock means not artistic photography).

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