Grew up in Freundenstadt, Black Forest in South of Germany, studied mechanical engineer and mathematics in Karlsruhe.
Soon I started to think about that I wanted to do photography, political photography or film and moved to Hamburg which was the capital of news papers at that time.
Wasn’t mature enough to follow this in all consequences I somehow continued my study of engineers, started programming to earn money and finance my studies and finally got my master and lost my passion that I wanted to work in this area. I worked some years as an educational assistent with handicaped adults and then decided to move on got a business administration degree and worked for a very long time in the controlling department of an international food company, the last 10 years as managing finance reporting projects in architecture, design and operations.
The last 10 years grew again more and more the wish again to become an artist and to create photography.
Inspired by the novel from Thomas Pynchon I chose my artist name as „Contre Jour“. This is also the classic french expression of making pictures against the light which I also found so interessting. For myself I found the Burning Man Festicals culture not only very inspiring in philosophy but also in practical realisation by just doing art, making pictures, learn to be consent and also not caring about perfection and others. Self expression was for me not only a huge learning curve to overcome shame and my anxiety about people in general but also learning to express myself, my inner map, the roles, the inner truth, wishes and pain with one word the own self.
I can clearly say that Larry Harvey was for sure one of my artist role model, even not knowing him in person.
Same from a photographic perspective I am influenced a lot by Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Kristian Schuller, Thomas Lohr and so many more from all the pictures I see which are speaking to me in a good and in a bad way, while I see them. I should add that I was also very impressed on some of the arts I saw out there at „Black Rock City“ the burn in the US/Nevada, performances, sculptures, poems, inspirational thoughts and so on. For some of them I needed years to understand and others I was somehow even to shy to understand them as I did not took the time to really look at them or I was fighting too much with my own prejudice. What I shame I had to learn and to confess. At leaset it opened my eyes radically.
I am working to express my feelings, my philosophy, my understanding of the physics of the world, the mathematics, the psychology. Even more I am learning to express my inner self, my anxieties and my abuse experiences. I got the gift that I felt that the creative process helps me to transform in another self which I really enjoy as it frees me up during this process.
I feel so much the need to do art and do creative things, it is like that I am hungry and I need to eat. I am really starving while I cannot do anything.
What I found out is that I suffer a lot of stage fever even when I do photography (only). I have to admit that this is part of my strange logic that I do not want to prepare myself to be as open as possible for the unexpected but also this let me suffer before the time is ready to begin. It is then the process of doing that creates so much satisfaction and is sometimes so much more then the final result.
Since 2019 I am based in Berlin and an artist and photographer of people. I love to paint, create art and capture art, people, appreciate the diversity of people and the spontaneity as an art creation process. The raw expression, the theatralic performance, the flying dance and my inner voise of redically beautiful uniqueness could be everywhere: This is the topic of my work.
∴ Example Picture Photography
∴ Example Picture Performances
∴ Example Picture ‚Theatre