Luca Jaenichen

An interview with Bavarian based photographer Luca Jaenichen.

Can you tell us about your background and how you fell into photography?

My Name is Luca Jaenichen. I’m 18 years old, and I’m a Photographer and Filmmaker from Bavaria, Germany. I just finished school and now have some time to travel and explore the world. I seriously started photography about a year ago; in the beginning I took more urban shots and portraits, but then on a mountain bike tour across the alps I also took my camera with me and started taking pictures of the outdoors. I’ve always been out in the outdoors as I was a child, but school took up a lot of my time, so I wasn’t really able to get out there as much. I’m happy that photography brought me back to the outdoors and made me take time for simply being out there and enjoying nature.

What is your favourite location to shoot, and what places would you like to photograph in the future?

If I would have to choose, I would probably say the Alps and the wild German forests like the Harz National Park and the Black Forest - I really like to roam around in the forests. Other locations I would like to visit are definitely the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska and also Iceland. I hope to head out there next summer and fall.

How would you describe your style?

I like my style to be dark and moody. Some people think I am depressive because of the dark images, but I just like to shoot during rain and fog as it creates a unique atmosphere. A lot of people complain about rain, but I want to show them the beauty of this weather and mood.

What message do you want to bring over to the people viewing your images?

I would be happy if I could motivate people to go out and enjoy nature, and also to be responsible; we only have one planet to live on.

What camera do you use?

I use a Panasonic Lumix gh4. Most of the time I use a Sigma 18-35mm 1.8. For me it is important to have a wide-angle lens especially when shooting around the wild forests and lakes here.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

I just try to get out there as often as possible; with every new light situation and location there is something new to be learnt. Also, going out there with other photographers and people who aren’t into photography give you new perspectives and elements you want to bring into your photographs.

Whose work has influenced you most?

I would definitely say Dylan Furst and the German Roamers. They are always out there creating something new and I really like their perspectives and editing style.

How would you say social media contributes to your work?

It definitely helps to show people what is out there and that we have a responsibility to protect nature. It also helps to reach out to a lot of people you have never met before from the other side of the world. Social media nowadays helps you connect with people that have the same passion as you.

What advice would you give to people just starting out with photography?

Be yourself! Don’t compare yourself to others, and do your own thing. Inspirations are important, but at the end of the day you should be yourself and not someone else. Get out there as often as possible. Finally, equipment isn’t everything; it is important that you create with the equipment you have.

View more of Luca Jaenichen's work by visiting his Instagram.