I came across photography when I was 18 when I got my first compact camera. Right from the start I worked with a tripod because I was very fascinated by long exposure. Today I rarely take a tripod. Nevertheless, I still have a great desire to have straight lines and balanced compositions. During my studies in communication design I came across the lecturer and photographer Ralf Niemzig, who introduced me to the world of photo journalism, which was unknown to me at the time. The students were given small tasks like photographing the fish market in Hamburg or photographing people on the street. The initial fear of photographing people quickly gave way to enthusiasm for telling the story of these people. My thesis was therefore also a photo reportage. I portrayed foreign music lessons and documented their life in Germany for 5 months. So I can say that without Ralf Niemzig I probably would not have found my passion, namely telling stories.