Staytoo: Hey Gerrit! Tell us about you, your background, and why you moved to Berlin.
Gerrit: Hey! Well, I primarily moved to Berlin to study photography, after graduating from high school. I’ve always wanted to create, and after trying out a lot of different forms of art; photography was what I enjoyed the most, and decided to stick with.
Staytoo: Interesting, what does Berlin as a city represent to you?
Gerrit: My favorite thing about Berlin is its incredibly diverse art scene. Especially as a student at a university focusing on art and design, it’s really inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented people.
Staytoo: What were your thoughts when you first learned about LOLA mag and the Staytoo Student Renaissance (StuRen) program?
Gerrit: I thought it sounded very interesting, especially because I wanted to get into editorial photography for a while now. Yet, I didn’t expect to actually be chosen for the project when I applied!
Staytoo: As a student and newcomer to Berlin, were you nervous to work with Jonny (the LOLA editor-in-chief) and the LOLA team?
Gerrit: For sure! I’ve only been doing photography for about 2 years now, so starting a big project like this was a bit intimidating. But Jonny was super nice when I met him, which helped a lot.
Staytoo: Well Gerrit, your photos for the “DADDY? DADDY! Cool.” article turned out fantastically. What was your approach to the shoot?
Gerrit: The shoot was more challenging than I anticipated, especially the group pictures. I like to be quite precise during shoots so post production takes less time, and having everyone in the right position and looking perfect at the same time took a few tries. In the end I’m quite happy with the results though.
Staytoo: One of the main goals of the StuRen program is to help our students explore their city. What was your favorite discovery during your time in the StuRen program?
Gerrit: Definitely my trip to the Berlin Brandenburg Airport. It’s been under construction for nearly 12 years now and it still won’t be finished for a few more years. Seeing how rundown it looked without ever being open was pretty surreal.
Staytoo: So cool, thank you for your time and where can people follow you and your work online Gerrit?
Gerrit: You can find me on Instagram, @wealdwraith; and on my website – www.koehler.media.
Please, find the full article on the LOLA Magazine’s website: www.lolamag.de/feature/media/daddy-daddy-cool/