Photochat: Heiner Luepke
Who are you?
I was born in 1983 and I live in Hamburg, Germany. I got really hooked on photography after finishing my studies in graphic design. I am now at a point where I need to make some serious future decisions.
How Long have you been taking photos for?
I experimented early, but the last four years have been seriously in depth.
What equipment do you use?
There have been a lot of different cameras, such as a Rollei medium format or the Polaroid sx70 and several 35mm cameras. But my main weapons are a Zenit-B, a Polaroid 100 from the 60s and a Contax T2 point and shoot.
What made you start shooting?
I was always into visualizing my surroundings and my thoughts. Always with the wish to transport, communicate and evoke emotions, often dark and sensual.
Who and what influences you?
Many things, from music to literature and philosophy. The world and society, as fucked up as it is. Nature and the animal in me. Some of my favourite photographers from today are Juergen Teller, Helena Pogreb Carter, Chadwick Tyler. While from the past I adore Edward Steichen and F.C. Gundlach.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My aim right now is to get involved with certain european fashion brands to become something like a “house-photographer” for them…