Raw and emotive in nature, today’s wonderful photo series is shared to us by photographer Erik Groß of Dresden, Germany. By exploring the intimate relationship between his subjects, his photos could have easily been an overly emotional portrayal of his chosen theme. Instead, he skillfully and respectfully focused on the genuine connection and more importantly, the trust the two lovers have developed for each other.
Made with an honest and sincere approach, the images are a refreshingly truthful glimpse into the lives of two people in love.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Erik recently and he was gracious enough to share some of his thoughts on photography as well as some details from this particular shoot too:
“I started taking photographs 5 years ago because of skateboarding, my other big passion. I travel a lot because of it, so it has a big influence on my photography and lets me shoot new people in different places.
“I’d been shooting portraits of single people for quite a while and wanted to try something new. So, I simply asked my followers on Facebook if there was a couple out there willing to do shoot with me. My goal was to get more intimate than I ever did before and to shoot in the apartment of the couple.
“So, Aleks got in touch with me; I already knew her because she’s a photographer herself in Poland and we’ve been following each other’s work for a while. She told me of her Finnish boyfriend that lived in Berlin and that we could meet there. Two weeks later, I drove to Berlin and met with them for the first time and they told me, they would do it. The next morning, we shot these pictures in their apartment and they were so nice and photogenic in front of the camera; I loved it. Sometimes, it felt like they forgot that I was even there.”
Asked what he felt makes a great photo series, he shared:
“I think for a good photo series you need the right open minded people to shoot with. They have to be open to your ideas and you need to establish a sense of trust.
“A nice location is always good and of course the right lightning too. Then, it’s important to try as much as you can; different perspectives, poses – everything that comes to mind and what you consider as good.”
When asked why the photographs were important to him, he shares:
“It’s special to me because it’s the first intimate couples shoot I had ever done and because the Aleks is a talented photographer herself, so it was even more challenging to get a great series. Please check out her work too at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/latres_/ ”
To see more of Eric’s impressive portfolio of work, please visit:
Camera – Pentax 67 & Nikon FM2
Film – Kodak Tri-X 400 & Kodak Portra 400