Humans of Red Bull Illume: Lorenz Holder, Photographer, Red Bull Illume winner 2013 & 2016
The most important moment in my life was when my twins were born 4.5 years ago. If you realize suddenly that there is something that is much bigger than anything that you’ve previously experienced. The moment you realize that you now have a responsibility for two small children! This has also affected my photography. Before, I just went off for five weeks, now not any more. Now I think about what I can do. The planning for the shooting doesn’t take place at the spot anymore, but in my head, often weeks and months before the shooting. And there, once in the place, it is easy, I just put into action my planification. There are photographers who write down everything. I have everything in my head, and if I forget something, then it was not meant to be. Sometimes things occur to me again spontaneously, and I know that the time just was not ready for it beforehand. The photography itself is finally only a putting together of the puzzle pieces that have are in my mind. The trick is to develop the ideas in advance and to choose the right time for the picture. Pulling the trigger then is no longer an art, anyone can do it. Finding ideas and locations, that is the difficult thing.
Sometimes, when I see something really great with potential, I begin to investigate, to develop an idea. That’s what I did with the satellite dish. 3 years ago, I took photos of the same landscapes. On sunny days, in fog, at night. I did exactly the same photo without athlete as there was in the Final Snow with an athlete. This was how a landscape photo became the Red Bull Illume winner.