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Current Residence: Germany
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Personal Quote: No words can replace practice, only practice can make the words

3rd Place

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 5, 2008, 11:16 AM
I became 3rd in Amersill´s Backlight Photo Contest
The first contest I have won and my first interview ever
And It later even got featured as a DD ! :excited:

1) Tell us something about you: real name, age, work, passions;

I´m Alexander Ens an 18 year old boy who will have his Abitur by the end of this schoolyear.
Will you stalk me now :paranoid:

I think the best way to get to know ones personality is asking him about his future plans... And I really have no clue what to do  :O
So perhaps it´s really better to just tell you about my passions :D.

I really love the art of photography ( guess no one saw that coming xD) and all kind of sports like swimming, basketball, snowboarding and so on...
I also love to travel and am interested in different countries, cultures and their philosophy.
I like watching movies, shows or documentaries, which are worth watching and so I also really like watching anime.
Believe it or not but there are really some animeshows or films you would regret not to have watched :D
Furthermore I like reading, when I´m reading .. and that doesn´t happen very often :giggle:
Actually I rather like shortstories and quotes like
" The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."
They stack the wisdom of a whole story in one page or even one sentence.
Of course you also can call me a very lazy person :chew:

2) Which is your approach with the Photography?

To be straight I see Photography as my hobby not even my skill.
I´m by no means a professional and have still a lot to learn and a lot of experience to make.

I just try to capture moments, which are worth capturing and having fun.
I mostly never have a plan of what exactly I´m going shoot, I just look for interesting motifs and try to get a good composition.
I hope that with time and practice I will improve my feeling of what has to get in and what to exclude.
The most time consuming but absolutely necessary part is selecting and editing the Photos on my 5 year old PC.
Therefore I often tend to being too lazy to do anything with the photographs.
I think a good photograph should evoke some kind of emotion, be it serenity, tranquility, fun, sympathy,horror ,lonesomeness ,compassion, melancholy  or just makes you :wow:.
No seriously I just like to hear the clicking sounds of my camera :slow:

3) Did you think to be the winner of the Backlight Photocontest 2008?
I still think it´s a bad joke or something.
I never won a photocontest so far.

4) When, where and how have you realized your photo?

It was a thrilling cold night without snow and me and my friends decided to go ice skating on our standard solitary little lake again.
This time I took my camera with me and when the sun started setting I went to the shore and tried to achieve a high angle so the skaters wouldn´t blend into the dark trees but are silhouetted against the ice,which reflected the sunlight.
I did this shot with my dad´s digicam IXUS , which had live view (seeing the motif in the display) as all little digicams. I could easily held the camera above my head and compose it. Then I just waited for some good moments and pressed the shutter as fast as I could. I of course then just kept the best one.
The idea to crop it and heavily increasing the saturation came when I found it in an old folder and played around a bit.
Sounds like I planned it all out but it really was pretty spontaneous ^^;

6) Which is your favourite photo (from your gallery) and why?
It really always changes and depends on my mood but for now I would choose Hayboy by AniMal-e
because of it´s warm, soft colours and the expression of my nephew ^^

8) Would you tell us something more?  

I´m German but was born in Kazakhstan
And I recently found a talk from James Nachtwey about his live as warphotographer, very interesting… .

:iconsixbysix: :iconaroundtheworldclub:::iconbeautifulfotography: :iconsunsets: :iconnatures-beauty-club::iconbeautyclub::iconilovephotographyclub::iconnaturephotographer::iconcameraartsclub:
  • Listening to: The Apl Song - BEP
  • Reading: Im Westen nichts Neues
  • Watching: warphotographer
  • Eating: Plov
  • Drinking: Kompot

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Existence-is-Futile Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Happy todaymas, dude :D :iconpresentplz:
AniMal-e Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Oh thank you :D
TrappedWish Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Photographer
Your gallery is really nice ^^
AniMal-e Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Thanks :)
Archangel-of-Mercy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Thanks for the fav!
NOIZEG Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
hey könntest du mir nochmal erklären, wie man aus seiner galerie ne slideshow macht?
Existence-is-Futile Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Thanks for the fav :excited: means a lot from you :aww:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
You should consider creating a work for this project or submitting some of your existing works. It's not about the prizes which are nominal; but the ability to marry your work to a planet-saving effort in the eye of extraordinary art world and ecology leaders. [link] It would also be wonderful if you were to pass along the word to all of the other artists you connect with.
DamjanS Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Thanks for the fave!
Rajmund67 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Thanks for the recent fave. Appreciated :)
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