about me

I shoot reportages, travel stories and annual reports for magazines and international companies all over the world. Born in 1969, living in Bremen - Germany, father of two girls. To photograph is my passion.

I asked Dirk Lehmann, editor of German GEO SAISON magazine to describe me and my work for this site:

A moped-rickshaw hurtles across the flat lowlands of Cambodia leaving a cloud of dust behind. We were underway the whole day for a cover story on Angkor Wat for the magazine GEO SAISON, our guide collected us from the hotel at 4 a.m. this morning. We had seen the sunrise at Angkor Wat, the crush of people amidst the overgrown Ta Prohm temple, the magic of secluded places of worship that only an informed guide knows of.

Hauke and I now sit on the back seat cooled by the rush of air. I add to my notes and Hauke checks his equipment. Suddenly he makes the rickshaw driver stop, jumps out and runs across a field. As he runs towards a duck keeper, he shoots the first photos, then he talks and gesticulates to the young man to get permission to photograph him.

As we drive on, I ask him what it was in the situation that appealed to him. Hauke describes with enthusiasm the archaic scene of everyday life, the barefoot boy with a stick and the excited animals. It is Hauke`s way to place people in the centre of his work. Even when they are not the main subject, they set the scale for his photography. In the final cover story about Vietnam and Cambodia, the image of the duck keeper enriches the cultural history of the monumental stones.

Why do I describe this particular scene? Hauke actually works with conception. He wants to know exactly how many pages are planned for a production and which subjects are required. He discusses these points very thoroughly and prepares himself meticulously. He rents a hydraulic lift for a story about the streets of Mallorca, removes the door of a helicopter for an optimal aerial shot. Hauke’s pictures emerge in his head before he has even taken them. But he is also driven by passion for his profession and this makes him portray a young duck farmer in worn-out trousers.

The skills of a photographer are not only recognized in the technical quality of his pictures, not only in his way of seeing, not only in his awareness of budgets – they are recognized in his approach to people. When Hauke has photographed a wind turbine, the photos impress above all, that they show a piece of engineering skill and always a person is somewhere visible. That differentiates the impact of his work. And sometimes you only have to bring a rickshaw to a halt.