He's the photographer of Streetfashion MagZZine's cover photo March 2017. Jo Zeitler is a professional photographer, based near Dresden, eastern Germany.
After we discovered the amazing photo, that we have chosen for our cover, at the page of cover model Olivia Leps, we had a more extensive look at the portfolio of Jo Zeitler and were impressed by his work. Now you have the chance to get your own impression of Jo's work and background in photography by reading our interview with him.
Hi, my name is Jörg, but you can call me Jo. I was born in 1967 in Nabburg, a small town in Bavaria. In 2010 I’ve moved to Dresden, a really nice city with amazing spots. I work as a full-time photographer since 2015. My mayor areas of work is people and wedding photography. Before that I was a self-employed web developer.
Have you been involved in the arts in some form other than photography?
If you see the nature as art then absolutely yes! Everything around us is some kind of art and I like doing outdoor sports and travelling plus I’m a wildlife fan. Nature is always a perfect inspiration.
Seeing your remarkable work, I am curious where your creativity comes from?
For one thing it is my age When you get older you have a different view on things. You aren’t in a hurry like most younger people. Look at a piece of wood. Sure it's only a piece of wood but if you take the time to look at it more closely you will discover wonderful things. This piece of wood in front of you is something unique. That's exactly how I see photography. Everything and everyone is something special and photography has the chance to discover it and show this particular.
Could you share with us how you first became interested in photography?
1980 I got my first camera. I was young and I wanted to show the world through my eyes. The eyes of a young boy in the 80s.
What equipment are you using now and with what did you get started? what is your favorite lens?
My first real camera was a Canon A1 and I got my first paid job, for a local newspaper, when I was 16. Today I use different Canon DSLR cameras. For People Photography I prefer the 5D Mark 3.
My favorite lens, a good question that I can not answer easily. But fashion and people photography I would not renounce the Canon 70-200 2.8.
Can you tell us about your work flow from the point until you showcase the developed picture?
Before the shoot everything is discussed and planned as far as possible. This does not go into detail, however, because my kind of photography is spontaneous. A moodboard usually suffices completely.
Do you see a particular influence, be it a photographer or school on your work? Any subject that attracts you?
Not really a photographer. In our time, we are inevitably influenced by the social media. As a photographer you must be active on many platforms like Facebook, Instagram, 500px, Flickr, youpic. This automatically affects the photographic output.
What would you say characterizes your work in comparison to other photographers?
I take photos for people and not for me. If people are happy with the pictures, then I am. But I am never satisfied with these pictures, so I always learn to do better pictures.
Among your works, which is your favorite and why?
Always a picture from the next shoot, because I can make someone happy.
That was in 2016 at Borneo, when my wife and I arrived at the airport in Banjarmasin. We stood at the luggage rack and waited for our backpacks. Then a group of young people came up to me and they asked if they could take a picture with me. I felt like a star
What would you tell a newcomer who asks for your advice on how to start?
If photography is your hobby and you want to do it professionally, then consider that you have a hobby less.