"Art is whatever makes you proud to be human."
I’m 36, male, married and from Germany.
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I’m head of the Göttinger Digitization Centre, somewhat popular for our online version of the Gutenberg Bible.
One can call me a late bloomer concerning photography. I did lots of other artsy stuff (music, webdesign and filmmaking) before, but my first noticeable pictures date from 1999. I joined Flickr in spring 2005, my colleague netomer said this would be the place to be.
I wasn’t impressed at all.
In July I stumbled into deleteme!, and things changed. I loved the combination of contest, excellence, nastiness and - humor. Good old days, I spent hours laughing about KKs comments. Nowadays – well.
What I do like:
All kind of experiments and unusual styles. IMHO it’s more interesting to try something uncommon even if it does not work out than to shoot the 500. “landscape at dawn” pic.
Heavy PS-editing. I’m addicted to Photoshop and always keen to find interesting new effects. Especially to simulate “vintage analog” stuff like my quite complex Lithprint filters. Sad thing: I’m the only one who likes them, but I can live with that.
Iconographic style: most of my pics are concentrated on one object, subject, contrast, theme.
All kinds of competition. No pain – no gain, no guts – no glory.
What I don’t like:
People (especially at deleteme!) who shout OVEREXPOSED! BLOWN OUT! UNDEREXPOSED! 1/3 RULE! when it’s quite obvious that the specific effect was nothing but intended. They may say “I do not like your approach” but anything like “go play by the rules” offends my intellect.
Realism freaks. Photography is a snapshot per definition, just a small section of the surrounding reality. Two dimensions – depth and time - are always missing. So any debate reading “keep the realism” is pointless. At times e.g. I love pop-art, and I show it.
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 564 photos, 69 members
- Fuji X100 & X100s Germany 6,982 photos, 374 members
- Abstract Photos 118,334 photos, 18,924 members
- Fuji x100s 102,777 photos, 6,949 members
- Holocaust Mahnmal Berlin 1,626 photos, 667 members
- PORTUGAL UNLIMITED / Portugal Sem Limites 110,727 photos, 3,809 members
- re:publica 2011 438 photos, 40 members
- HIPSTER 3,327 photos, 554 members
- Mac Addicts 33,023 photos, 7,971 members
- Say NO to the new Flickr logo 157 photos, 189 members
- Erfurt/Thüringen 6,344 photos, 344 members
- Polarize & LOFI 34,082 photos, 5,637 members
- #3/...flickrjob's third 4,891 photos, 220 members
- Ministract 36,227 photos, 1,150 members
- all but one 13,025 photos, 1,585 members
- The JURORS / Different Personalities, Different Views (Closed) 6,303 photos, 3,716 members
- Bremen 16,101 photos, 1,122 members
- Getty Images and the Flickr Collection (closed) 112,379 photos, 3,119 members
- Getty Images on Flickr 0 photos, 16,892 members
- Caspar David Friedrich Inspiration 73 photos, 56 members
- Barcelona 223,324 photos, 12,391 members
- Before or After (not now) 471 photos, 118 members
- Better Than Good - Level 1 (p1/a5) 538,204 photos, 45,985 members
- LGBT 25,510 photos, 3,114 members
- GAY DAY 8,133 photos, 765 members
- Favorites: 200 5,882 photos, 1,878 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 7,103 photos, 1,539 members
- Color Street Photography [Photos of People Only] 12,300 photos, 5,776 members
- HCSP (Hardcore Street Photography) 2,868 photos, 65,288 members
- Quality Portrait Photography 55,039 photos, 6,661 members
- Cuba - todo a lo Cubano 77,302 photos, 4,097 members
- Havana / La Habana 25,907 photos, 1,609 members
- We say NO to VIDEOS on FLICKR 887 photos, 22,703 members
- Arche 14 photos, 11 members
- LöschMich! Wie ein Phoenix aus der Asche! 10 photos, 102 members
- Zoo 211,617 photos, 10,802 members
- GRAFFITI NATION 483,479 photos, 7,143 members
- Matt Kloskowski Presets Group 2,046 photos, 1,027 members
- ALMOST !! 209 photos, 68 members
- Cultural Boxes 83,038 photos, 2,766 members
- concrete beauty 18,318 photos, 1,948 members
- The Duel Group (pool reserved for duel winners) 2,965 photos, 2,163 members
- Art Of Seeing 348 photos, 1,081 members
- Favorites: 150 5,453 photos, 1,433 members
- Passionately Pink for the Cure 66,321 photos, 13,138 members
- Cologne 28,846 photos, 2,165 members
- The Pritzker Architecture Prize on Flickr (Post 1 - Award 4) 116,816 photos, 13,073 members
- Offenbach 901 photos, 71 members
- Babies 129,904 photos, 13,258 members
- Funny Baby & Kids 63,150 photos, 6,861 members
"creative in every direction!
every uploaded shot shows great eye for composition, colors and emotion. it's emotion, what let some of his shots stand out. they transport feelings, emotions and invite to interpret.
one shot at a time. it's not quantity, it's quality that dominates his stream. there is the tension, that the next one will be different and/or better or just another "beauty" to look at.
not many photographers are that skilled in using photoshop as a tool in the chain of producing an image. take his lith print style - it's not about fixin' something, it's about making someting new - somthing unique.
i'm pretty sure, that i will stay what i'm right now - a allegiant visitor of his work.
even deleteme! likes him ;-)"
November 20th, 2005
- Ralf Stockmann
- July 2005
- New York, United States
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Ralf Stockmann Photography