STRAIGHT OUT OF HAMBURG
Bjorn’s work is dramatic and eye-catching. Its dark and sultry in a way — you almost get lost in the darkness.
Bjorn is very up-beat and optimistic. And although he describes himself as someone who has struggled with self-doubt and a lack of self-confidence over the years, he exudes confidence and self-assurance. Growing up in a small town in Germany, he explains that he was treated a bit like a misfit. At 12 years old, he found skateboarding and immediately identified with the subculture that comes along with it. He became completely enthralled with the lifestyle and found himself captivated with punk rock. From an early age he was doing what he wanted, when he wanted. Music served as a catalyst to any emotion he had - anger, happiness, sadness… It was from there that he formed an outlet through creativity.
At the age of 26 he moved to Hamburg, a large port city in Germany with a diverse history. The city was well adapted to the counterculture of punk rock music. Working in graphics for about four years, he found himself burnt out and once he lost his passion, he lost interest all together. In 2007 a friend handed him a camera while in London and from there he found himself enamored with making still frames. Shortly following this trip, he quit his job, stopped playing music, and completely threw himself into photography. He took to the streets where he felt was the best place to experience life.
Today, he shares that shooting portraits are his biggest passion. Bjorn is able to form his own language with each photograph by tapping into whats inspiring him in the moment, presenting his portraits with depth. He pulls inspiration from his current emotions and feelings -- giving his art everything he has in the exact moment he is experiencing it.
He has learned to accept peoples opinions were just a matter of their personal taste. If the photograph is just not speaking to you, thats simply just your own taste, he explains. Some people have not have experienced a darker side of life and because of that, they may not identify with his work. But for him, the darkness is intriguing and it leaves him wanting to know more. He finds that hanging onto his own darkness is what gives his photos light and that definitely leaves us wanting more.
Team Tsunami and Avalanche