Jürgen Bürgin finds pleasure in strolling through the hustle and bustle of the world’s biggest cities and shooting street photographs without being recognized. For Lomography, however, the Film PR agent and photographer from Berlin took a different path, literally! We gave him a Lomo LC-A+ camera for his journey to the French Provence and waited in anticipation for his travel pictures away from the big city.
Name: Jürgen Bürgin
Profession: Film PR-Agent and photographer
Hello Jürgen! Please introduce yourself to our community.
My name is Jürgen Bürgin, I’m working in the film branche and love traveling around cities as a street photographer.
Normally, you shoot digitally. How was this analogue experience like for you?
It was interesting and, as everyone told me in advance, you shoot in totally different ways when you shoot analogue.
What did you like about the Lomo LC-A+?
That you’re shooting only the essential, because there’s no second chance and you always have surprises when looking at the developed photos!
You shot all your images in France. Tell us a bit more about your trip. Where have you been? What can we see on the photos?
It was a vacation in Provence and Camargue, we were there with friends for 14 days and went, for instance, to the procession of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Camargue. It was something different, since I’m used to shooting in big cities – it seems easier to me. In Provence, people were very relaxed and calm, but I find it easier to tell stories when the people I shoot are stressed, chasing after a goal or have something urgent to do.
Did something strange or funny happen to you throughout your journey?
I slipped on Mount Ventoux at a sea level of 1,000 meters and fell, so I got a scratch on my knee and the LC-A. But both of us were brave and managed to get home again without greater injuries.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Or are you more of a snapshot photographer?
I walk into any photo exhibition I can find and read an uncountable amount of photo books, but most of my visual education was subconsciously, by movies, thousands of movies I saw throughout the last decades. They inspire me to make my pictures tell stories, in a cinematic way.
What tip would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
I’m really not unhappy that photography has not become a “real profession” for me yet. Concerning photography, I can stay with doing what I want without exception. Sometimes I lack time, but I am very glad that I don’t have to do shoots I’m not interested in. So, reflect well about wanting to become a professional photographer.
Do you also have tips for people who are about to start tusing the Lomo LC-A+?
Try to give your pictures something mysterious, something unique. Try telling stories, creating atmospheres. Always have your camera with you and get yourself into the strangest situations possible.
Thank you for the interview!
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