MARTIN WIELAND, Born in 1970, studied at the Graphic Arts in Vienna. At the age of 14 he decided to follow in his fathers footsteps to become a professional photographer as well.
Since 1997 specialized in nude and erotic photography. His strength lies in the communication with the model, thus he encourages them to achieve maximum performance with maximum efficiency and getting the optimum results. The atmosphere during the shoot is reflected in his pictures. Photographs of him have already been published in several magazines worldwide.
He is also known as the editor and photographer of the „Black & White” calendar, a sellout every year and a popular collectors item since 2000.His conversation with international fashion reporter Saif Rahman Sozib are as follows:
1. How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera into the film,chip or paper in the way you want?
My way of taking pictures is a quite simple one. Usually I start talking with the model, then we shoot our first pics. After a few minutes everything gets it’s own drive. I treat my models as partner, so we both are creating the pictures. As soon as I feel that the girls are comfortable I get the best pictures, that I want to have. I have no detailed plan what I would like to have as my results, the best photos are created when the mood is good on the set.
2. Which photographers influenced you & how did they influenced you thinking,photographing & your career path?
The first one was definitely herb ritts, as I loved his pictures. This all happened when everybody was shooting on film. I liked the way he placed his models, the creativity in his work.
Nowadays where it’s possible to see a lot more pictures, I don’t have names of photographers who directly influence my work. I simply look at many, many photos and keep some of them in my mind. That doesn’t mean, that I try to copy the style of some other photographer, I guess it’s something in my subconscious that saves different impressions. And it’s the same with locations. Sometimes I can imagine to shoot in a certain location and can even feel which picture will come out after a shooting. Quite hard to explain in english for me though.
3. Exact what it is you want to say with your photographs, how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
I don’t want to tell a story with my pics, in best case the viewer gets an impression of how was the mood on the set during our shoot. I love photos which are looking natural, the girls don’t always have to look serious, for me it’s perfect when they have a natural smile. I don’t see photoshop as the holy grail, for me it’s just a tool to retouch the pictures. That’s the reason why I am using ps only in very small doses. I don’t want to change the model by ps.
4. What was your career path?How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it fulltime for a living?
I studied photography on “Die Graphische” in Vienna ( a school especially for photographers ). Then working in the studio of my dad. Since 2003 I’m the owner of this studio.
My first contact with nude photography was in the academy where I studied photography, then there was a break from maybe 7 years. The real beginning was when I produced my first “Black & White” calendar back in 2002. From that day on the nude shoots became more and more important. This year I’m producing my second book, which will be published in october.
5. What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best as you photograph?
At the moment I am working with my nikon d4, but I’m planning to buy a new one this year. Then I am also working with hasselblad. ( depending on the kind of job )
6. How do you get paid for your work?7.What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically,intellectually or emontionally?
As a prof. Photographer I have different ways to get paid, so it’s always a mixture of everything where I get my income from. Big part is my calendars, books, my original prints, agencies, magazines and so on.
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Photos: Martin Wieland Photography
Text: Saif Rahman Sozib