Series Interview: Michael Nager

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How many years have you been in the business?
I began taking photographs at 13 years old, but I really started at the age of 21. So now that I’m 34 I still have time :)

Are you self-taught or photography school taught?
Photography school taught in Berlin.

If life were “as good as it gets” – what’s there? If your career were “as good as it gets” – what’s there?
To be honest I’m exactly where I want to be – we’ll see where it leads me, but I’m not really missing anything right now.

michaelnager02What part of your work do you find most demanding?
I find the business part demanding, and yes it’s great to have an agent to handle that part, as I’m not really good at that!

What is your creative philosophy?
I believe you must have something to say, you have to create from the heart. If you don’t have something to say, it will just be a boring photograph.

What adjectives describe who you are now, at your core? What adjectives describe who you want to be in the future?
I’m someone who really gives the best I can for the shot. Maybe somewhere in the future I want to be the 98% guy instead of the 120% guy… or let me think —hmmm? Maybe not! :)

michaelnager01What are you looking for thru the viewfinder? What thoughts go thru your mind?
I’m in the flow, peaceful, and for me that’s the most inspiring moment. It’s just me and the subject, no outside thoughts, no stress, no fear,
What’s your advice for photographers just starting out?
Be driven or forget it.

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What inspires you?
I’m inspired by landscape and people, how they behave and act in their surroundings. How different places, either natural or human-made landscape have a very deep impact to people, good or bad, both are equal, interesting and inspiring to me. That’s the reason why I’m still thirsty and motivated to capture the essence of the environment and subject or at the very least find my essence in the shot I make.

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Who are some of your influences?
Definitely Andreas Gursky as a photographer.

Where do you seek inspiration?
During the last few years I tried to avoid getting inspiration by searching on the internet, in my opinion that always leads to copying things, styles – and so since my children were born I have much more trust and faith in the things that just come into my mind – wherever they may come from. So I guess during the last years I get my inspiration from the things that happen to me, from life, instead of searching for inspiration.

What is your life’s purpose or mission? How do you stay faithful to that?
I don’t believe that life has a certain mission, I rather think that life itself is the mission, handling every day with the best that’s inside me, that’s a big, big mission! :)

How do you approach your down time?
Fishing. fishing. fishing. cigar.

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