I’ve had an interest in photography since I was a teen, when I purchased a well-used 35 mm Yashica rangefinder camera. It didn’t become a passion until about ten years ago, when I acquired an entry level Canon DLSR. By that time, I was already on the shady side of middle-age.
I was interested in doing nature photography. I was also interested in creating provocative images of feminine beauty… the kind of images that celebrate woman, and particularly the special connection women have with nature.
It took a while to develop some skill as a digital photographer. I am grateful for the models that worked with me early on, despite my modest ability with a camera.
I admire the work of many photographers, but there was one, whose technical skill stood out then, and remains truly exceptional. In german, the word ‘meister’ means master. Stefan Soell, from Freidrichshafen on the north shore of Lake Constance in southern Germany, is a master photo artist, of women in particular.
photo by Stefan Soell
Whether the meister’s photos are shot in a studio in front of a simple background, or in the incredibly beautiful surrounding rural and wild alpine landscapes, they reflect a remarkable quality of flattering tonality and light.
photos by Stefan Soell
Soell’s models are all stunning. It’s no wonder. Look at his work. If I was an incredibly beautiful young European women, and I wanted to be photographed in a way that impeccably elevates that gift, I would be on the first train to Freidrichshafen.
I don’t pretend to be on the same level as Stefan Soell, but I do think my efforts with a camera have evolved in a way that honors his inspiration.
Vielen Dank, Stefan Soell. You are the best at what you do.
You can find Herr Meister Soell’s celebration of women at www.stefansoell.de/