This week we’re getting to know community member, Louis Trautwein.

Louis is from Delft, Netherlands and enjoys landscape photography as well as photographing whatever he can find that interests him.

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How did you get started in photography?

“I developed a love for landscape photos with a single object or person in them. Some of this can be found in my urban photography as well. Interest in macro photography arose because I started working with lenses that also worked well up close. I discovered that possibility by accident and found it interesting. These are interests I’ve found in recent years. Before that, I had only been shooting family photos for about 20 years.”

What was your first camera?

“My family had a Kodak Brownie 2 at home. I don’t remember anyone ever using it. At one point I bought a roll of film and went out with the camera. We lived on the city border of Amsterdam and the first photos I took were landscape photos. I was about 12 years old and still have the photos in my possession.”

Who is one photographer that inspires you and why?

“Photographers who I am inspired by are William Eggleston and Gregory Crewdson.”

What’s the first thing you look for in composing your image?

“As far as the composition is concerned, I rely on my feelings and listen to comments that others make that seem meaningful to me. I know it’s never perfect, but I do strive for it.”

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