Sebastian Jacobitz is a street photographer who hails from Berlin.He loves capturing the everyday life in this city. He is currently traveling in southeast Asia.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Sebastian, thank you for answering my questions. What inspired you to become a photographer? Any particular story?
Sebastian Jacobitz: I picked up photography as a form of exercise as I had some health issues. The camera gave me some extra purpose and without even knowing it, I fell in love with Street Photography. Picking up the stories on the street and gaining a different point of view made me curious. Since then I have been following my curiosity.
CM: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
SJ: As a Street Photographer, I like to photograph people the most. The real emotions and interactions they display. This is life in a nutshell. No photo walk is the same and I never know what lies ahead of me, this is why Street Photography and people are my passion.
CM: What makes a good photo?
SJ: Photography is all about emotions and stories. If a photo looks good but doesn't transport any emotion, it is dead to me. Emotions make me remember a picture for a long time.
CM: What is the photo you prefer in your portfolio? Why?
SJ: Difficult to say as my tastes vary a lot and I like to experiment.
A year ago I did pretty much only Black and White combined with an off-camera flash. Now I prefer color photography.
If I had to choose, I'd like the picture that tells a great story and where the colors make sense. A decisive moment where everything just fits, from composition to story and the emotions.
CM: Any photographer you admire?
SJ: I like photographers who are universal storytellers and express themselves outside photography.
Gordon Parks, for example, was an insane mastermind, not only in photography but also in movies, literature, and music. His images were more than simple photographs, they really told a story.
The other one is Sebastiao Salgado. His Black and White images have a lot of life in them and his long-term essays are a must-see.
CM: What piece of advice would you give photographers who are starting with online promotion?
SJ: Give back as much as you can and share your knowledge. Don't hold it back or keep it to yourself. If you want to build up an audience and spread your images, you have to be the one that puts in the work in advance.
CM: Anything else you would like to share?
SJ: Photography is a marathon, not a sprint. Don't be frustrated because the results don't come in easily. Work hard and keep the fun in photography, then you will reach your goals.