Questions for Ralf Kämper

When did you begin your interest in photography?


I have always been a visual person and have been interested in photography all my life. It was my father who got me excited about it. I got my first camera at the age of 12 – a second-hand Canon Datematic viewfinder camera. Today I owned a wide variety of cameras, from analog viewfinder cameras to SLRs and DSLRs, to high-resolution digital mirrorless cameras. Over time, my photographic topics became just as diverse as the technology I used.



Is photography your hobby or your profession?


Photography is both a hobby and a passion to me.


How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story about it?


My floral works had their starting point in 2018. At that time, my wife asked me to create a pretty flower picture for our kitchen, instead of using the weekends to capture yet another sunrise or sunset photo. Of course there was no way I could have refused my wife’s request, but I also found that as I got more and more into the “project flower picture,” the more fun it became and the more ideas I had that came to life.


After a lot of creative work, the elimination of numerous technical challenges and various Photoshop tutorials, I was finally finished with the first image and, moreover, immediately successful with it! In 2019, this very image received a gold medal at the world’s largest photo art competition “Trierenberg Super Circuit.” All in all, that was enough motivation for me to continue. Meanwhile, I set up a small portfolio of my floral works.



Who and/or what inspires you most?


My sources of inspiration: interesting people, great landscapes, fascinating motifs, special weather conditions and, of course, the work of other photographers and artists.


What’s your photographic focus?


Today it’s primarily landscape and architectural photography and of course floral digital art, but I’m not committed to one topic or the other. The important thing for me is to have fun.



What’s your next photo project, or your next challenge?


I would like to try presenting my own spin on photographic interpretations of well-known works of art from different eras.



Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?


With my colorful and high-resolution floral works, professional color management is, of course, a must. The picture on the wall should look exactly the way I created it on the computer beforehand.



What do you do with your photos? Do you print them, post them on your social media accounts or your website or do they simply stay on your hard drive?


Some of my works, especially the flower images, are being printed, both as high-quality fine art prints and as large-format prints behind acrylic glass. On my website and Instagram account I happily and regularly share some impressions.



What’s your photographic goal? What do you dream of?


One must always have dreams. The small dream: I’d be happy if I could gain a certain reputation as a photographic artist and refinance my very costly equipment through the sale of my images. I would also like a little more … perhaps much more…time and space for my passion for photography. But that would also be the big dream, as well.



About the Author – Ralf Kämper


Ralf Kämper was born in 1966 and lives with his wife in the tranquil town of Hofgeismar, Germany. The automation engineer worked as a software developer for 10 years before he began his current role as a product manager for a well-known manufacturer of industrial electronics. Throughout the years, Ralf’s camera has been his constant travel companion on his numerous trips.