I interviewed the inspiring lost places photographer David Pinzer.
David Pinzer is a talented Urbex photographer from Dresden, Germany.
His photos stand out trough their beautiful colors, showing the deep aesthetic in decay.
In this interview we talk about his techniques and his motivation to visit lost places.
What Equipment Are you Using?
David Pinzer: "I'm using a Canon EOS 5D mark III along with different lenses.
The lenses I usually use for Urbex shoots are the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 and the Samyang 14mm 2.8. Of course I'm also using a Tripod (a Manfrotto)."
How do you achieve those wonderful colors?
David Pinzer: "To intensify the colors I shoot the same motif with different exposures, which are then automatically combined with a HDR program or manuelly with DRI (Dynamic Range Increase) to a single image. Afterwards I further optimize the contrasts, tones and colors."
In [...] photography exposure fusion is a technique for blending multiple exposures of the same scene into a single image. As in high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR), the goal is to capture a scene with a higher dynamic range than the camera is capable of capturing with a single exposure.
What Fascinates You About Lost Places?
David Pinzer: "For me those "Lost Places" are special places with their own atmosphere, which act as a counterworld to the facades of the shopping malls. Since we usually don't get to see places in our daily life lost by humans, they feel very unreal to me, like the human world "out of order"."
"And there also is the romantic part, the desire and fantasy. Maybe it can be seen as a combination of memories of adventures in childhood, thrilling discoveries and the feel of breaking the rules, since you learn on such places about the private, intimate life of unknown persons. Many of those lost places are really like time capsules with traces of the former residents, full of imagined and real history and stories. Visiting lost places is a bit like going on an adventurous discovery trip."
"The aesthetic aspects play a big role, too, of course. Decay sometimes creates unbelievable colors and structures or even exposes hidden layers. There is an aesthetic value in crumbling walls, flaking wall colors, cracked walls and lost corridors, structures of algae, lichens and mosses - in patterns, which are rise out of the chaos of collapse."
"Decay can be pure beauty."