Photographic Updates


In the last few days the highly distressing news hit us that Bert Stephani’s gear was stolen.

I remember well the early days of the Fujifilm X community when a bunch of weirdos talked about the original X100. Then the X-Pro1 came along with three original lenses. And then there was Bert! He taught us, entertained us and made the community click and prosper. His images, videos, portraits, a project about immigrant families and many others provided us with visuals we all enjoyed and cherished. Over the years, Bert Stephani became one of the faces of the Fuji community and, for many, a personal and/or photographic friend.

Please share the info about his gear, including serial numbers. We must make sure that those who performed this act of intrusion will feel pressured, trapped and nervous, and eventually be caught.



Charlene Winfred and Flemings Bo Jensen, both super-talented photographers and filmmakers, have recently started their own video production company

With a “minimum gear – maximum creativity” philosophy, their talent for visuals, storytelling and great sense of humour (so rare in today’s super serious world of photography), I am totally sold. Here is their latest production.

Make sure to check out a fascinating project by Charlene Winfred called, “In Transit.” Charlene has been working on this project for years, visiting numerous countries and photographing people “in constant motion.” When we all run around taking daily snapshots to share on the internet, the dedication and persistent work on a long-term project is what makes photography worthwhile and articulate. I cannot wait for her book to come out with such rich, multi-year content.



Sonny Nathan recently wrote a great post about photographing at night, which you should check out. I really like his “framing life through creativity” motto.



Starting this month, you will find my monthly column “Simplicity-In-Seeing” where I write about seeing, inspiration and many other topics not always widely covered. The objective of this series is to have an honest and inspiring discussion about photography. If you are not a subscriber yet, please make sure to join. There is nothing like magazine format when you can slow down and indulge in great content. You will find great photographers and thinkers such as Jonas Rask, Charlene Winfield, Jens Krauer, Ian MacDonald and many others. I am especially looking forward to the March issue. Here is the kicker: you won’t find my column in the magazine this March for a very good reason! 🙂



Two spots have opened up for my Berlin Street Photography Workshop, March 16-18. I am so excited to lead a group of photographers and challenge ourselves with crafting great photography in this stunning city. It is especially intriguing due to Germany’s privacy laws, which in general terms almost eliminate the possibility of showing people’s faces on the street. While some may view it as a limitation, it provides a great framework for creative seeing.

I am also thrilled to announce that Kevin Pilz will be assisting me during the workshop and sharing his photographic journey with us. He is a talented photographer from Germany with a great eye for striking compositions.

Make sure to check out his work.

Here are a few stunning images taken by Kevin.

© Kevin Pilz

© Kevin Pilz

© Kevin Pilz

© Kevin Pilz

© Kevin Pilz

© Kevin Pilz

© Kevin Pilz



Last month I started doing monthly conference calls with subscribers of Simplicity-In-Seeing. The idea is to have a live conversation about photography. Participants can share their computer screens and present their own work. Most importantly, we learn from shared imagery together. The next conference call is coming up later this month.



I am considering a visit to Australia to offer a photography workshop. Please let me know if you would be interested in joining me for some creative seeing.



Most of us look for inspiration from the well-known legends of photography. When people list their favourite photographers, the same names often come up. This is great but sometimes we tend to idolize some photographers while ignoring many new innovative voices. One of the most inspiring ways for me to kick in new ideas is to look at the work of new, often very young photographers. They follow their own path, have nothing to prove and nobody to impress. Most importantly, they are not afraid of taking visual risks. I am planning to write an entire post with links to the names you may never have heard of before, whose seeing is unique.


Just one image from me today, The Essence of Barcelona.


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12 thoughts on “Photographic Updates

      1. Jason,

        Please message me or e-mail me privately. We already have a nice group and I will be sending updates shortly. Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much Tracy for letting me know. I think we already have enough people interested to make it happen 🙂

  1. Hi Olaf…
    If your coming to Australia… I’m in…
    Hope you can make it…. We’re a long way from the rest of the world… but it’s a very worth while trip…
    Seeing is believing.

    1. Steve,

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I love your “seeing is believing” pitch! 🙂 Will try to contact you in private while our planning phase begins.



  2. Hi Olaf I would be very interested in you coming to Australia to give a workshop. I live in Brisbane but I think you might find Sydney or Melbourne more attractive to potential students. Sydney is instantly attractive with a physically beautiful harbour and some good beaches; Melbourne is quieter in appearance, more European and more grungy and quirky.Both have some beautiful old buildings alongside the very modern. These are sweeping generalisations about two fantastic cities. Our capital Canberra is bush-y and you never feel far from the countryside. The light here in Australia is so bright and different to that in Europe. I have never been to Canada but do originate from UK. I have a small blog: and there are some entries that feature local places.Thank you for your continuing inspiration, Jane Bradbear

    1. Jane,

      Thank you so much for all the info about Australia. I am planning a trip toward the end of the year and as soon as I know more I will post more info. In the meantime, let’s stay in touch. I may have a few more questions to you.

      Warm Regards from a very wet and windy Vancouver,


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