Questions for Wilhelmine Jörissen


When did you start your photography?


I have always loved to take photos but became seriously interested in the craft about 4 years ago while traveling. I purchased a Sony a6000 and I was hooked! I realized how much I had to learn, which thrilled me because photography is such a diverse hobby. I love to walk through a city or beautiful landscape alone with my camera. I also love to travel and exchange ideas with like-minded people. This has resulted in many lovely acquaintances.


Is photography your hobby or your profession?


For a year now, I have been earning some money through photographing weddings, couples and families. I think my earnings will buy me a full-frame camera in 2020.


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


The photo was taken in June 2018 during Photo+Adventure, a photographic show at Duisburg landscape park. I liked how the sun made the soap bubbles glitter, but I didn’t want to have the surrounding people in the picture. That’s why I held the camera (with a flip-up display) all the way down and took a picture in a way that only the man’s silhouette was visible. When developing, I intensified the colors and cropped the image a little. It is not that demanding photographically, but because of the motif and the contrast it is actually one of my favorite pictures.


Who and/or what inspires you most?


I like to be inspired by pictures of others on social networks and enjoy participating in photo walks to learn from others.



What’s your photographic focus?


Clearly landscape and architectural photography. This is where I feel most challenged, which I enjoy. I also like photographing people, but the combination of travel and photography is very fulfilling for me personally.


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


In March, I am going to explore Mallorca with my camera and for autumn I am planning a trip to Uzbekistan.


Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?


Before, I used to be annoyed when the pictures on my screen looked different from those on my phone. The colors of the faces in portraits were a particularly difficult matter. Now that I have my SpyderX Pro, I’ll be able to look forward to precise colors.


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?


I create a photo book for each year and do photo books on longer trips. I always try not to be too attached to things in general so I can be able to let things go. That’s how I deal with my pictures, too. I love image editing and it’s something where I can completely lose myself – it’s like in a state of meditation. Editing is fun, but I don’t have to keep my edits. The images are on a hard drive, but if they disappear, I wouldn’t be shattered. The photo books are enough for me.


I post the pictures I find most beautiful on Facebook and Instagram and get excited when people like them.


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


I still dream of a full frame camera and sharper pictures. The final goal would be achieved if I were satisfied with my pictures…. If that should actually happen, I would look into facing a new challenge in photography such as macro photography.


About the Author – Wilhelmine Jörissen


I am 55 years old, live near Cologne, have never married and am a mother of 2 almost grown-up children. I studied Business Economy forTtourism and work as a product manager for an organizer of adventure trips to Asia.