Barbara is the founder of blue hands imaging and still spends almost all of
her time behind her camera.
To find out more we asked her 10 key questions.
Her answers can either be read below or you can view an interview with her:
idea and production: Andy Ruepp
soundtrack "Bluehand": written and performed by Andy Ruepp
special thanks to Peter Buhl for letting us get creative in his little gem, Die Remise, www.remise-schmidsfelden.de
1. Have you always worked as a photographer?
No, I worked in IT for many years.
But over 20 years ago, during a 1 week internship with a photographer atthe local newspaper, my passion for photography started and so recently I decided to follow the advice of many wise people: do what you love and love what you do.
I enrolled at Jonathan Andrew's School of Photography in Johannesburg and also at the College of Digital Photography in Pretoria to help me to turn my passion into a business.
2. So, is being a photographer your dream job?
3. How many photos have you taken so far?
*laughs* I don't know, but many thousands.
4. What would be the ultimate shot for you?
A view of the earth from space. I am hoping that people like Richard Branson will one day make it affordable to make that happen!
5. What would be your favourite short-term photographic destination and why?
Because of the colours. I mean, in total there are an estimated 16 million different colours in the world and I think you would probably be able to find about 15.5 million of them in India? White is probably the rarest colour there...for that I would have to pack my gear and travel to Antarctica. Actually, that would also be a very exciting photographic destination.
6. Canon or Nikon?
Nikon -until further notice.
7. Black/white or colour?
Sometimes you have the freedom to use whatever you want but sometimes you have to work with the situation. For example, I recently shot Johannesburg's skyline from the office tower at the Carlton Center but it was quite a 'hazy' day and shooting in colour was just not working. So I switched to black and white and suddenly the images took on a sort of mysterious, amost eerie feel! Here is one of them.
8. Being a musician photographer, which artist is your number 1?
I enjoy working with musicians in general. A musician gives the best that he or she
can at every moment on stage. As a photographer you have the good fortune and
the honour to capture these moments and share them. Every musician, every band
is different and that's what's so inspiring to me. And I love to get to know new bands
But ok, to answer your question: Bruce Springsteen. To me his energy and presence
on stage are just unique and to capture his essence in an image would be definitely
a huge honour.
9. Which photographers inspire you?
Basically every photographer who is able to see and share what he or she sees.
One of them, for example, is Matthias Hombauer (www.matthiashombauer.com).
To me, he has the ability to capture and show what is there, and you can feel his
passion in every single image.
10. What do you like about photographing products?
Products can't pose. They are just what they are and it is up to the photographer to
make the most out of the image. For example, even a single strawberry needs to have
its essence and uniqueness captured (see here for an example). Recently I shot images
for a dental equipment company. You know, things like compressors and dental chairs
and stuff like that. "Wow", I thought, "these products are just not sexy?" But at the end
of the day I realised that there is something really cool about all of the gauges and
valves on a compressor!
And the last question: are your hands blue?
who is blue hands imaging?
«I will only stop,
once there are no more
photographs left to take.«