In 2006 I’ve been to Paris for a long weekend to find an appartment to live in. During that short time I stayed with my aunt Isabelle. I always loved spending some days with her because she knew the „Savoir Vivre“ and French way of living and we always had great talks and discussions. She is a writer and knows quite everything (my point of view) about literature. So while enjoying a nice glass of red wine and some good French cheese some nice jazz would play in the back (preferably Diana Krall or Diane Reeves) we would talk about life and different views on the world, about art, literature, music and about photography. I had photographed some weddings but I didn’t know my way would lead me to become a wedding photographer but what I knew was that I was highly inspired by black and white photography. So one day during my short stay my aunt invited me to come with her to this little museum called Mussee Maillol in Paris and see with her an exhibition of Bert Stern and the last photoshoot of Marilyn Monroe.
We waited in front of the museum until it opened and when we stepped in and I saw these huge images of Marilyn. Her body full of scars, her faced signed by the time and the hard life she lived and imagining that she died just six weeks after these pictures were taken really touched me. It was one of the first exhibitions that touched my heart and where I saw how pure and raw black and white photography can be. It let me feel the story of this 12 hour photo shoot and let me see into the eyes of a broken woman. This session inspired me and showed me the power of black and white photography. Maybe it pushed me a little step further towards my dream of becoming a photographer. Today I look through the book I bought at the exhibition in 2006 and feel inspired again.
Get to see exhibitions, get inspired, buy books, look through Pinterest but get inspired to become the photographer you always wanted to be and develop your own voice of photographs.
My two favourite photographs in this book. She looks so thoughtful in these images as if she knew it would be the last session.