Christian is a linguist, brand developer and verbal identity specialist based in Cologne, Germany. Creating identities and stories for local and global brands, people and innovations has been his everyday business for 15+ years.

This is what he has to tell with his camera.

Christian Drexler

Photographer

Exhibitions & Awards

2018

  • Araucaria – Nominee at the 11th Annual Color Awards →
  • Future-proof – Nominee at the 11th Annual Color Awards →

2017

  • Araucaria at the MAGNUM SWAP SHOP exhibition in London, UK →
  • Araucaria at theprintspace in London, UK →
  • Tiny Revolution and Ball Pitch at Art on a Postcard in London, UK →
  • Concrete Canvas at „The Decisive Moment“ exhibition in Minneapolis, USA →
  • Enjoy the View II – Finalist at the 4th Go Exposée (Mobile Photography Awards) →
  • Fun Inc. – at „Color: Photography Now“, Black Box Gallery, Portland, USA → 

Background & Inspiration

     Christian still owns his first SLR camera – a PORST reflex CX4 from 1974 – that he took from his dad as a teenager. And he still uses some of the lenses on his current gear. But there is nothing nostalgic about it. He simply enjoys experimenting with analog and digital technology to achieve unique and unexpected results. In a way, this is his approach to challenge himself – by „sabotaging“ his own equipment and by willingly sacrificing some control.

My first skateboarding photos on a roll of Kodak C-41 – shot with a Nikon F65 – Ludwigshafen, Germany (2002)

     As a teenager in the early 90s, I picked up my dad’s then 20-year-old SLR camera and started to make pictures. By „make“ I mean I really had to work hard to get anything on film, since the whole kit had several problems – from leaking light and lenses with strange sweet spots to a self-willed shutter and a malfunctioning light meter. So I started to document every single setting of each shot on a piece of paper and analyzed the outcome after the pictures had been developed.

 

     The same was true when I bought my first „own“ SLR in the late 90s. With the little money I had as a student, picking up skateboarding photography maybe wasn’t the smartest choice (but the most fun!). Shooting 5-6 image series of a single trick was simply not affordable for me – especially when I decided to shoot black & white. The only solution: I had to develop a great skill for timing and I had to learn how to anticipate movement. I did and got published in several skateboarding magazines. By then, aroung 2004, I was able to pull off perfectly timed and focused images, even on my first digital camera – a Nikon Coolpix 4100 with 1 second shutter delay.     

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