In this “Exclusive Interview” section, today we have the opportunity to talk with Stefan Thallner, as his photograph was winner of Photo of the Month – 10th Month, 3rd Place. Let’s discover more about Stefan Thallner, and his forays into photography in the following interview with him.
Stefan Thallner: I feel very happy and proud, because there are so many amazing pictures and very great photographers here on Light & Composition.
Stefan: The winning picture “the attraction of the forbidden“ was taken in Styria (Austria) in 2010. I remember it was a foggy and chilly day but perfect for taking a walk through the beautiful vineyards. While I was exploring the area I came across this locked door on an old store.
It intrigued me and made me curious and since the day I took the picture I keep asking myself the same question: What is really behind the door?
Stefan: Taking pictures is very meaningful to me. It allows me to capture things and express my own point of view. It’s always a great feeling when people see my work and like and honour it. When people see my pictures and it gets them thinking about things in a different perspective, I reached my personal goal.
Stefan: Certainly, I would say that every one of us gets influenced by the environment and the country we live in. The same is true in my own life. Growing up in a rural area gave me a different point of view and provided me with great possibilities. I think that’s the reason why I started with landscape and nature photography. I’m really glad to live in Austria, because it’s really a great country. Especially the landscapes as we know them, formed by the Alps, are perfect for landscape photography and sports.
L&C: We see so many different genres of photography in your portfolio. Do you like a particular genre of photography?
Stefan: I like to experiment with different genres and therefore I don’t have a favorite. It depends a little bit on my personal feelings and daily life events. One day I might like taking pictures of various objects and another day I might like taking pictures of beautiful landscapes. I like to try out new things to expand my horizon in photography techniques and of course I have several ideas left to work on.
Stefan: In my opinion, visualization and imagination are very important aspects especially in photography.
When I take my camera it’s like I am able to hide behind it or in it. It’s just me and my camera and I am able to see things in a different way. There is no pressure and that’s what it makes such a great experience.
L&C: Stefan, have you ever exhibited your work? If so, then tell us about your first exhibiting experience.
Stefan: Not yet, but it would be really great, and I hope that I will be able to do that in the future. So if there is anyone out there who wants to exhibit my pictures, please make sure to contact me.
Stefan: I’m in a lot of online communities and photo sharing sites such as 500px, because it allows me to get a lot of feedback and ideas. A lot of them are very critical and it allows me to learn a lot.
L&C: What advice would you give our readers who want to take part in the journey around the world with photography?
Stefan: Walk around with open eyes, take your camera everywhere and take pictures of everything you like, because there is no right or wrong. Taking pictures is the most beautiful way to save your memories.
L&C: Thank you, Stefan, for sharing your feelings and experiences with us.