Featured #9: Andreas Jorns
I came across the work of Andreas Jorns and I was impressed with his studio work. He was kind enough to share his photo’s and story with us.
1) Can you tell a bit about your background (as a photographer)
‘Photography has been a hobby for many years as I had a job as banker and consultant for more than 20 years. 10 yeras ago I decided to take the risk. I became a professional photographer over night – no risk, no fun. And truly, it was fun all these years and I never regretted this step. Today I live from the books I published within the last years and some workshops. No more clients, no more weddings or stuff like that. I do what I like and I appreciate that very much.’
2) How did you get into the leica system?
‘I was always fascinated from the Leica M System back in the film days and it took me a while to get my first M6 — the camera I still love although I switched to digital many years ago (from time to time I shoot film „just for fun“ but most of my latest work is digital). When Leica presented the first M Monochrom (CCD) I was convinced „this is the one I’ve been waiting for a long time“ – I sold all my other gear and bougt the Monochrom with two lenses.’
3) Which camera and lenses do you have?
‘I still have the M6 and a M2 from the year I was born. My digital Leicas are the M Monochrom CCD, the SL and finally the M10 Monochrom – truly the best digital camera I’ve ever used (from my point of view). I have some old and some new lenses – on the SL I prefer the Noctilux 50 and 75, on the M I like the old Summitar 50/2,0 and the Summaron 28/5,6. And there are a lot more – especially 50mm lenses – my favorite focal length.’
4) What kind of pictures do you take and why?
‘I’m a black and white photographer my whole life but in the beginning of my career as a professional photographer I had to make some concessions. And I didn’t like that. Today I’m focused on people – portrait, nude and everything around that. Natural and authentic on the one hand and artistic an the other one. I like dealing with people. It’s always interesting and it’s fascinating and emotional quite often. That’s what it is all about in my photography: emotions and feelings.’
More work: www.ajorns.com