Interview with Niklas Soestmeyer (@niklassoestmeyer)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Ever since getting my first iPhone back in 2010, I was snapping pictures of roughly everything that came my way. Later I decided to take it a step further and delved into analog photography to really get to know the basics. I have the feeling that this period is still visible in my pictures nowadays. After mostly only shooting moody night and motorway scenes I was slowly building up the courage to shoot people as well. It’s a completely different subject, but what I learned about composition and color grading helps me out a lot when it comes to portraits and the like.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The most interesting story is probably being invited to show my work during Art Basel Miami. But unfortunately, I was not able to come up for all the printing and transportation costs which have roughly been around 8 to 10k Euros. Since I don’t have a gallery backing me that was impossible for me. Lesson learned 🙂

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

The best way probably is to connect with likeminded people. People that may be a bit further on their way already. Go shoot together, support each other. Being part of a team or a collective greatly broadened my horizon and also kept me from having the feeling of being in this alone and being overwhelmed by it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I was lucky enough to meet Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm at the opening of his Show at König Galerie here in Berlin. He was very kind and super interested in social media and Instagram in particular. He showed me, that it’s not just the sole genius of an artist, that does all the work. It’s a concerted effort by a lot of like-minded people.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I love taking pictures of people. Especially people that struggle with low recognition and self-doubt or low self-esteem. Photography gives me the means to show them how great they actually are. It feels like real, valuable work. The social aspect is very important to me, and I’m happy to be able to shine a light on people that are rarely seen in the spotlight.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I always remember this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that my parents have in their kitchen. It simply says:” To have a friend, be a friend”. That’s so striking and simple. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. There may be quotes that are more complex and more elaborate, but I like this one in particular for its plainness. There’s even no need to explain it I feel. 🙂

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

You can find me on Instagram, but I also post something on twitter every now and then. Recently I took to TikTok as well.

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