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An Interview with Christian Meermann (Podcast 688)

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An Interview with Christian Meermann

This week I’m really happy to share with you a conversation with an incredibly talented photographer, Christian Meermann. Christian was a member of my group in the Arcanum and went on to mentor his own group on black and white photography group. As you’ll see, Christian’s black and white animal portraits are a visual treat, and his approach to architectural photography and his thought-provoking Deliberately Confusion series is beautiful and profound.

As this episode was not scripted there is no manuscript to share this week, but here are the bullet points that formed the framework for our conversation. Please listen to the audio with the player above.

  • Tell us a bit about yourself?
  • How did you get into photography?
  • I absolutely love your Animal portraits! Tell us more about them?
  • Tell us about your Architectural photography?
  • Tell us about your “Deliberately Confusing” series, which you term a bit of “rebellion” against the unifying effect that you feel social media and photo-sharing sites have on photography. (See this post here: https://www.chm-photography.com/blog/deliberately-confusing/)
  • You can follow Christian’s blog and find his social networks here: https://www.chm-photography.com/

Here are Christian’s beautiful images in the order in which we conversed about them.


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Connect with Christian Meermann here: https://www.chm-photography.com/

Music by Martin Bailey


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10 Comments
  • Andy Bartlett
    Posted at 21:57h, 12 December Reply

    Two of my favourite photographers on one show! Great to hear the two of you discussing Christian’s work (can I say art?!), and very excited to hear about Christian’s exhibition. Congratulations, Christian – very well deserved. (Let me know if you progress the Arcanum cohort reunion.)

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:59h, 13 December Reply

      Hey Andy! It’s great to hear from you. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed our conversation.

    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 04:36h, 14 December Reply

      Hi Andy! Good to hear from you. I hope you are well.
      I am all in for an Arcanum reunion hangout at some point. It will be challenging to get a hold on Martin as he is so busy. Maybe we could make it happen in March/April. I think I might reach out to all the other members and ask what they think about the idea.

  • Ulana Switucha
    Posted at 17:44h, 13 December Reply

    I have been following Christian’s work for some time and thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. Congrats Christian on the exhibition.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:02h, 13 December Reply

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this Ulana.

      I’ve been thinking about you a lot this week, as I just got back from a few days at the Meotoiwa in Mie Prefecture. I know you have a lovely shot of it. I’ve been hoping to get down there for a while, and finally made the time for a visit this week. It was fun, and I timed my visit for a full moon yesterday, so I got a nice variation of shots.

      • Ulana Switucha
        Posted at 18:31h, 13 December Reply

        Thank you Martin. I saw a couple of those images on Facebook. They connected with nature very strongly. Even the one with the waves.

    • Christian Meermann
      Posted at 04:40h, 14 December Reply

      Thank you, Ulana.
      Somehow you successfully evaded my radar. But no more. I just checked your website and there are some amazing images on there. Fantastic work! I will be following you from now on. See you around!

  • David Ramsey
    Posted at 13:04h, 14 December Reply

    Martin – Loved this podcast. Christian is a terrific photographer and a very good podcast guest. He is new to me and thank you for introducing him. The “Confusing” and Echo series were eye-openers and thought provoking. It’s a treat in a time when we tend to look at photographs for portions of a second before pushing the “next” arrow to see ones that really stop you and make you think. Hopefully, Christian will one day have a show in the U.S. so we can see his originals.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:06h, 15 December Reply

      I’m really pleased you enjoyed this conversation Dave. I’ve long respected Christian for his work and philosophy. He’s modest yet very talented, and a pleased to converse with. Easter eggs are great, right?

      I also agree, there is scope for Christian taking his show around the world.

      Regards,
      Martin.

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