A Photography Series / Hugo Kohler
I like taking photos but most of the time it frustrates the hell out of me, it just gets really random way too often. I know you’ve got to experiment and explore and try heaps of techniques, but sometimes I fucking hate my eye. Like I know I’ll never be able to take an image(s) like Steve Mccurry or Raghu Rai or Annie Leibovitz or any of the other million gun photographers out there. Their stuff is incredible, so powerful and so meaningful. They’ve got this flawless coherence throughout their work. I know this all sounds wanky naming names and such, but seriously, go check out the Magnum instagram page and you’ll see what I mean, each photographer has such a distinct style and they trust it, they make it into a profession, it’s never random, it may be spontaneous but never random. The only consistency within my photos is that they’re (most of them) are black and white with (I think) nice textures. The compositions and even emotions within the photos are just soo random, like I was interested to see which ones you guys would pick, to see if any of them would stand out together, if that makes sense? But no, they’re still extremely amateur, they might go all right as a wallpaper because of the textures, maybe? I’m being a little harsh, but you’ve got to get good at picking the right thing to point your camera at, but not only that, it’s all the other things you do before and after; like how to approach and thank someone before and after you take their portrait, or how you frame the photo and how you print it: contrast tone and all that. There’s so many nooks and subtleties to it, and that’s why I love it! It’s a hard beautiful art.
I guess it could be a good thing to not be able to take a photo like all those guys mentioned above. To find your own style and just fucking own it! Like singers I guess, the best singers can’t sing for shit. I’m starting to sound like my dad…
Consistency within a breadth of photos is what I’ve been trying to ‘capture’ as you can see. Emotion is always there, but piecing it all together, that’s the profession. How does this sound?: Hugo started taking photographs when he was only 12 years old, he capturèd beautiful snowy landscapes in his little village of St Imier, Switzerland. His mother studied photography but scarcely taught him some techniques, etc etc.
I really had no idea what to write for this bio thing, these were just my thoughts at the time. I’m sure they sound very young and dopey, but I guess this magazine is for the youth and I don’t mind having random thoughts, so much as I hate to use the word ‘random’, it just doesn’t sound cool at all, is that just me? Anyway, sorry for the bore and I hope y’all enjoy taking lots of photos, don’t forget to take more photos of your family and friends!
Last month I was in India and shot around 10 rolls of black and white. I just developed the photos and so far they look all right, very keen to see them blown up. Might even try put on an exhibition if they have some kind of coherence and I’m happy with them. I’m copying Dallas Graham, (google Dallas Graham ‘the Grain of India’) he’s dad’s old mate and my current neighbour, his India photos are pretty stunning.
But yes, an exhibition thing could be pretty neat and hopefully affiliate with the VERVE! I know you guys must be getting pumped with photography submissions so thank you for reading this far and I hope to meet you soon in the new year!