Marcel Grimm is a German photographer based in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. His work focuses on minimal landscapes and industrial environments using telephoto lenses.
How has living in Germany affected your aesthetic?
I grew up in a calm rural environment and living in the city now since 7 Years, so i always try to include something natural and calm into to my in city based works. The same reversed.
How important do you think using only black and white is for conveying the message that you want your photos to have?
I think that colors distract you from the actual construction and composition of an image, as well as the actual impression of the place where the photo was shot. I’m a big fan of lines and structures, which perfectly come to conclusion in black and white.
With my work, I want to convey a mood of solitude and calm, but not in a bad way. Just a bit of escaping out of the hectic life (reality). In color, I think that you just showcase reality, more or less, and the lack of color matches perfectly the whole concept of simplicity and serenity in my work.
What kind of gear do you use?
I use a Canon AE-1 and a Fuji X-T10 with Canon FD Lenses, which I adapt to the Fuji system.
How did you get into photography?
I always liked to take photos on vacations and of things I liked. Two Years ago, while going trough some old family photo books, I felt something special looking at those prints made 20 years ago, so my dad gave me his old Canon. Since then, I can’t remember being out without a camera.
What do you think are some misconceptions about black and white photography?
Many people I know say "Let’s convert to black and white, and the photo looks good and artsy." But, it’s much more difficult than color. If the color is gone, which catches the attention of most people, then you really have to focus on the composition and scene that you want to show in a photo.
What is your favorite image that you have taken?
That’s hard… But, if I have to choose one, it would be Am Ende [Innsbruck, Austria 2016]. It perfectly describes the fusion between nature and human intervention. Am Ende means 'At The End,' which symbolizes for me taking a step back and being satisfied with what you have and what we all have. I don’t like the rapid upgrowth of the world and specially the digitalization of everything and anything.
Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I’m going on a trip to the North Sea and starting a series about the dull and secluded life surrounded by the landscapes of tiny islands like Spiekeroog.
More of Marcel's work can be seen on Instagram