»As I found Instagram, my visual perception got inspired by many good photographers and their constant output, so I decided to document my discoveries with my smartphone and post the stuff on Instagram too«, admits Konrad.
Photographer Konrad Langer is in the heart of Berlin’s urban culture. In his teenage years he got inspired by Graffiti writers, Skateboarders and other open minded people that used the streets as their creative playground. Konrad captures Berlin in extraordinary perspectives re-shaping the identity of the city with its constant changes in architecture and lifestyle. These days he shares his visual inspiration via visitBerlin account with team visumate to inspire and guide people through the urban jungle. Acanthus’ contributor Gintare Adomaityte met Konrad for a coffee to chat with him about his photography, inspirations and the city of Berlin.
Acanthus: How did you get into the urban photography?
Konrad: Two things – I’ve always been exploring new places in the city. Back in the days I took my skateboard to find new street spots, together with my friends. Later, when I moved to Berlin, urban exploration was quite one of my interest zones. As I found Instagram, my visual perception got inspired by many good photographers and their constant output, so I decided to document my discoveries with my smartphone and post the stuff on Instagram too. Since then, it’s always been urban geometries, that I liked the most.
Acanthus: What inspires your work? Do you take inspiration from the city itself?
Konrad: Apart from the work of other photographers, that influenced me I see a source of inspiration in my teenage days, where I’ve been hanging out with Graffiti writers, Skateboarders and other people that used the street as their creative playground. Also a major inspiration is travelling. If I come to a city for the first time it’s always like a new hunt for perspectives, I love it!
Konrad believes that Berlin is about working on projects together; it’s all about finding the urban spirit, but you won’t find it being on hunt.
Acanthus: Are there some stories about how you find the places to capture? What is particular you are always on hunt?
Konrad: I am not always on the hunt, as I have a normal office job during the week but if I go outside to shoot I either just stroll randomly through some interesting neighbourhoods and check every building, backyard, etc. or I already know some spot that I visited before and I expect some better light that day or I have a idea how to put people in the composition.
Acanthus: Berlin is seen as a space to connect like-minded people. How would you describe the local creative community here?
Konrad: Actually it’s really easy to get in contact with like-minded creative people in Berlin. Since I am more interested in visual arts like photography or graphic design, I tend to meet more people working in that genres of course. For creative communities in Berlin in general I would say they are a lot more scattered than in smaller cities, where a creative genre can almost consolidate an own subculture. In Berlin it’s more about certain people that do projects together, rather than a coherent community – that’s my impression.
Acanthus: Do you feel that living in Berlin plays a role in the work you do? How do you see that in other photographer’s who shape the identity of the city practices?
Konrad: Living in a big city is always an advantage, as you find diversity, history and constant changes. I would say, that Berlin is maybe not the ideal location for my photography but it comes close with its many modern and contemporary architecture pieces, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods but also the relicts from the past.
Acanthus: Who are your favorite urban culture people to follow on Instagram?
Konrad: @jenniferbin (Shanghai), @nunoassis (Macau), @nk7 (Guangzhou, Shanghai), @joao.bernardino (Porto), @12headedboy (Chicago)
Acanthus: Thank you Konrad!
Find Konrad on Instagram: @konaction
Interview by Gintare Adomaityte