Joseph Beuys famously claimed that everyone is an artist. I think he’s right. I believe that at its highest realisation, every form of human expression can be considered art. It doesn’t have to be a painting, a sculpture, architecture, or a photograph. Things that we normally define as art. To me, great athletes are artists too. They express themselves through their respective sport. All I am doing is trying to capture their way of creative expression.
I got curious about sports photography when covering tennis tournaments in Stuttgart and Luxembourg on behalf of the official website of Olympic Champion Elena Dementieva (2009-2011). It perfectly matches my interest for visual arts and sports.
While tennis remains to be the one discipline where I can claim to have in-depth knowledge of all its processes and competitors, I recently also started exploring surfing and skating. Inspired by the book “The California Surf Project” by Chris Burkard, I was eager to learn more about surf culture, which in turn led me to rediscover skateboarding, which has played a good (but unsuccessful) role in my youth.
When shooting any kind of sport, I don’t aim to capture the action in a journalistic fashion, but rather in an attempt to portrait the aesthetics of the human body in motion. With tennis in particular, I also like to focus on the moments in between the rallies. They allow glimpses into the athletes mind and can reveal parts of their personality.