First of all, would you mind introducing yourself
My name is Jannis Hagels, I'm 27 years old and originally born in a small town called Nordhorn in North-West-Germany. After having studied in Cologne for three years and Bavaria for one year I am now living in Turku, Finland for about one year for my master studies.
What equipment do you use for your photos?
For capturing and telling my journey stories I use my old Canon EOS 700 D which I am now mostly using for time lapse sequences. My main camera at the moment is the Canon EOS 1 DX which comes along with a Canon 16-35 f4.0 lens and the Canon 70-200 f2.8 tele zoom. I also carry aroun a Tokina 11-16 f2.8 for ultra wide angle motives and the always-should-have Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. My recently bought tripod is a Rollei C5i.
How and where do you find inspiration for your work?
My inspiration for my work I definitely find in nature. What I really love about photography and being out in nature, is being alone. I love absorbing silence, beauty, and a unique surrounding as well as capturing it and holding the moment for eternity. The task then is to combine the photo with my impression I had during that moment as I describe my editing process.
Do you have any favorite location to take pictures at?
Since I had the opportunity to make short trips to the Alps this year, they are definitely one of my favourite places. But there is no absolute favourite. Every place on earth has its unique beauty in every kind of way. I've been to Norway, Austria, Costa Rica and many more places and each of them is a favourite in a different way.
What is your all-time favorite picture?
I don't really have an all-time favourite picture. But if I had to choose, there would be two:
A picture of my father's boots on my feet facing the beautiful Watzmann mountain peaks in nationalpark Berchtesgaden, Germany. My father passed away 3 years ago. Since that day I am wearing his hiking boots on my trips to keep them discovering with me. I hope to wear them some more years until they will probably give up carrying me.
The second picture is also from the Watzmann peak. I couldn't help but imagine the incredible feeling, paragliding through the clearing up peaks of such a beautiful mountain. The vast and life threatening atmosphere mixing up with a symbol of freedom and joy led me to combine these two paragliders, I captured ealier, and the zoomed in picture of the Watzmann peak. Usually I don't do compositions but some few times it is necessary for me to express my connected feeling to a picture.