Interview With Photographers Behind SILVERFINEART
Ina Forstinger, 35 & Gerald Berghammer, 38, traveling from Vienna, Austria Europe, what they do. We were fortunate to sit down with Ina & Gerald to discuss their career in Photography. Their interview can be found below.
Q. Who is Ina Forstinger & Gerald Berghammer? What is Silver Fine Art all about?
GERALD: My name is Gerald Berghammer, I was born in Upper Austria and I’ve been living in Vienna for 10 years.
INA: My name is Ina Forstinger, I was born in Upper Austria and I’ve been living in Vienna for 14 years. We’ve been a couple for 10 years and started silverfineart.com 3 years ago. Silverfineart.com is the platform which we use to present our analog photography.
Q. Describe the ambition behind your work as photographers?
To show the beauty of the Earth in photographs is the most important thing for us. If people enjoy our pictures, we have reached our goal.
Q. When was it that you two actually first picked up a camera and discovered this passion? Did you start with film or was it straight to digital SLR’s? What is it about photography that fascinated you?
GERALD: I began to photograph 10 years ago, during my business trips. My first camera was a compact, followed by a bridge camera. After that I bought my first DSLR.
INA: In my case, it was private journeys that inspired me to photograph. My first camera was a second-hand DSLR I got from Gerald. Our love for analog photography was the result of our search for the best possible quality. We were also fascinated by photography as a craft.
Q. The industry standards at the moment belong to Canon and Nikon. Which do you find yourself shooting with? Do you feel either brand helps in any way with the style of photography that the two of you do specifically?
As already mentioned, Silverfineart.com only includes work made with our analog cameras: a Toyo Field 45 AII, a Hasselblad 500c/m and a Fuji GX 617. Of course, a camera needs to meet certain technical requirements in order to make high-quality images. As for the content of the image, only the photographer and his eye for the essential is responsible.
The Canon vs. Nikon debate is entirely a question of taste. For certain digital work, we both use a Canon.
Q. What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
We have successes on a daily basis, both on trips and in the darkroom. It is always a thrill to see the final image hanging on the wall – preferably on the wall of a happy customer of Silverfineart.com.
Q. Are there any techniques in Fine Art photography or business that you both wish you hadn’t learned the hard way?
Due to the lack of a camera display, there are many aspects of an analog photograph that only become evident in the finished print. Often it would have made our lives easier to know immediately what the image would look like. But it is precisely this mystery that makes analog photography a higher art. It would also have helped us to have an experienced professional available for questions. We gained most of our knowledge from books and the Internet.
Q. What is something unique/interesting that most people wouldn’t know about Ina and Gerald?
Perhaps the frequency and length of our journeys. We travel 3-4 times per year, for between 1 and 4 weeks. We can assure you that this is no holiday for us. The question we get most often is what cameras, films and developers we use.
Q. Tell us about the work ethic in the studio and how you both achieve small and large goals?
We don’t work in a studio. Our studio is the landscape. Perhaps the most important ethical principle in our line of work is to respect the environment and leave everything the way we found it, and to show the grandeur of nature through our photos.
Q. What inspires you both about someone elses work?
We are both very much inspired by the work of Ansel Adams. His extensive knowledge of photographic technique has been unrivaled until today. However, we also inspire each other. Sometimes we stand only a few meters apart, but our photographs look very different from each other.
Q. Do you two teach/mentor? Ever had a mentor?
GERALD: I occasionally hold master photography workshops. However, since some of our trips are planned short term, I’m not inclined to follow a strict timetable. We both attended a 4-semester art photography course, and picked up the rest by practice.
Q. What motivates you both when behind the lens?
To create something lasting that one can be proud of is a large motivation. The biggest driving factor is the thought that perhaps we still haven’t taken our best photograph. Perfect light, beautiful cloud formations, a spectacular panorama – these things motivate us again and again.
Q. Has there ever been a time in your life where you two doubted your dreams as a photographer? How did you overcome these doubts?
We never questioned our choice of becoming photographers. There have been situations when we had to persevere: pouring rain, freezing temperatures or a broken camera can make you feel desperate. But because there are two of us, we can always build on one another.
Q. What things have you done to prepare for success? (Luck = Timing + Preparation)
The driving force behind our work is passion. In our case it is practically an obsession. We don’t take pictures every day, but not a day passes for us without photography. Sales and marketing are also very important if you are a full-time photographer. Most importantly, you need to love what you do.
Q. If you both had the chance to capture anything in the world, what would your dream picture shot be? (Anything, past present or future, alive or dead)
This is a difficult question, because in landscape photography, you never know what you’re going to get. However, one thing we’ve always wanted to try is to make and use our own analog film material.
Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers and people around the world?
There are infinite possibilities of expression in photography. Never stop being curious!
Q. Would you two like to make any shout outs or is there anyone that you would like to thank?
GERALD: I would like to thank my life partner Ina for sharing my passion and for her motivation and inspiration.
INA: Thank you for this compliment, which I can only return.
We want to thank Ina Forstinger & Gerald Berghammer for taking the time to talk with us. We look forward to Ina & Gerald’s future success with SLIVERFINEART.COM. Be sure to follow Ina & Gerald on their social media channels. You can find them on silverfineart.com, missioninge.com , Pinterest, @silverfineart, and Facebook.