Bjoern Gantert dedicates his life to travel around the world to do some amazing fineart and documentary projects. A great way to spend your time!
I got curious to discover more about the man behind the camera.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I was born in 1980 at the Swiss border near Zurich. In Hamburg I`m
living and working for 7 years now.
My camera bag is always packed and ready for departure.
It was always important for me to capture fates and moments in the
world and narrate them through my pictures.
Why did you start taking photos?
I got my first piece of equipment as a gift from a neighbor when I
was a teenager, a pocket full of interchangeable lenses and an old
analog Ricoh camera. In the beginning it was a gimmick, but i just
could`t stop to take pictures. Thats when it became my tool to
express the stories and moments I experienced and to share them with the world.
You seem to be a free spirit, travelling the world and photographing art and faraway places and strange people. How did you start the adventure?
Foreign countries, people and cultures have always fascinated me. I
would describe myself as a restless traveler. When I am traveling, I
feel at home and this is where I am free.
I bet you can tell me about some strange situatons you got
yourself into. Tell me about some memorable moments.
When I was in the Sierra Nevada, I almost froze to death and I
nearly drowned in the Red Sea.
Both were very extreme moments in my life, which fortunately ended
How do you capture the story of a place or a stranger?
I work very calmly and intuitively, I always perceive my
surroundings and try to sense upcoming moments and then release the shutter at the right time.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
Some serial Art projects require years of work, such as the “Nature
Sleep” and “Midnight Bench” projects, for example.
These are two of my “works” that have accompanied me for a long
There are of course completely new projects, but these are still
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
In the serial art projects, I work with a Mamiya medium format
analog camera on negative film and When i am traveling, I usually
choose Canon equipment.
Can you name some tips for those who want to follow in your
The best stories usually begin at a time of drifting, at arbitrary
locations with random encounters. Open your eyes & follow your
Thanks Bjoern for sharing your stunning photography and
great going with your future projects!
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