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From his raw style, to his incredible use of light, Marcel Ehrhardt's [Marcel A Vie] Photography instill's in his audience a dream like quality which is both honest and captivating. He crafts his images from light and shadow, finding the perfect combination of the two to form shapes and figures in his imagery, with hint's of subtle coloring to embolden and attract the eye.

We caught up with Marcel to find out more about his style, how he got his first camera, and how he uses light to create beautifully rich images...

 

 

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

Whats your full name and where are you based?

My Name is Marcel Ehrhardt, 28 years old. When it’s about photography I’m "Marcel A Vie" (Mar[cel la vie]) - not everybody gets it. It’s a pun from the french "C’est la vie" meaning 'It is what it is. Thats Life.'.

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m based in Munich, Germany. This is my port. Here I work as a waiter. I love to travel. it's the only thing, next to photography, I want to spend more time doing.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

I think it’s important in the beginning that you think about when & why you press the trigger.

 

When & How did you get in to Photography?

I’ve been into photography for around 5/6 years now. Before I fell in love with playing with light, I was kind of a painter, a graffiti-artist. I did a lot of stencils.
I learned a lot about composition, balance and harmony in shapes, recurring samples and how to break them, which is good for me now. After a while I felt lost in this kind of art. I thought: "This is not the outlet I’m looking for. Not anymore.".
My girlfriend at this time, my best friend now, Nic, did her very best and tried to help me. She felt depressed because I was. One day, she came to my place with a present in her hands. She gave it to me with the words: "You have so much creative energy, and no idea what to do with. Maybe this is a new way for you.".
My first (analog) camera, a Diana F+. And man .. when I pressed the trigger for the first time - something happened. I knew this is a big thing for me.
Now I’m so happy that I started analog. I think it’s important in the beginning that you think about when & why you press the trigger. And after a few days develop the photo, you can see it’s shit. And this is the point. It’s not about taking a good shot. It’s about realizing which "slips" (mistakes) you did, and doing it better next time.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

Describe your style of Photography?

My Style is moody, a bit careless. Even if I'm a happy person, there is a touch of melancholic. You will not see any reason to be unhappy with the situation, or because of the mood in on of my photos.
One of the things I explain the models, before we shoot or talk about an idea, is: "Don’t smile. Except if it’s really true." There is no model smiling in any my photos, except one wedding-shoot. Think about it.
I don’t really do series (of photographs). I try to find that one moment, in which nothing matters except the moment itself. Of course, light is important and it forms the mood, but it’s just one more thing that creates the moment.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

Who/What are you influences?

I really love the work from Jesse Herzog & Ben Sasso.
I admire their work. I’m high on their simplicity, which I can’t follow, yet. I’m not experienced enough, yet. But that will be my route. Simple is everything but easy.

 

 

What equipment are you using and why?

I use a Canon 5DIII, my lenses are 24mm and 35 mm (both Simga ART), the 35mm is in use for 75% of everything I do. I also have a Canon 50mm STM - yep, the yoghurt-cup - and Canon 85mm, and Canon 100mm L Macro. I’m not that type of Canon-User who says: Canon is the best system. It just came that way.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

Tell us about your process of post-production.

First step is Lightroom to correct light and colors. To add the finishing touches I use Photoshop Elements - for skin, extra light, sharpening, stuff like that. Back to Lightroom to do the final step: the preset. I use some single presets which I collected by and by - my favorites are The Preset Factory presets: Editorial Collection, Film 500 Series & the Cine Collection.
Sometimes I use two of them at the same time. I create two images with two different presets I both like, open in PSE, and mix them with layers. Awesome results.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

Every light is usable, you just have to find the balance.

 

Any tips for wannabe Photographers?

First at all: love what you do.
I always try to find the edge of light and shadow. I'm not a studio-photographer, so I don’t use a flash.
Every light is usable, you just have to find the balance.
To change light is simple, if you’re not happy with it. Turn around, turn around your Object. Wait. What ever, there is a way. Analyze the situation. There is light, so elsewhere is a shadow. Can I use that, too? In which part of the photo I do wanna have the light? And Why? Which part of the photo is important for you or the composition?  Work with it, not against it. I always try to think new. No light or less light can call a whole new attention. Find a way to connect the mood, the model, the background. There is no one perfect expose.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Photography by Marcel A Vie

 

What are you currently working on?

In the end of April (2017) I will have a little trip to NYC and will be shooting there, of course. In May I will visit my best friend in Bali, Indonesia to capture some great moments. I guess both are nice backgrounds for a portrait-in-landscape.

 

What's been your biggest win/achievement.

Last month I won the second place in a portrait-competition in Foto Forum, which is one of the most important magazines in Germany. They will print my photo in April/May an it will be part of the best-of-exhibition at the end of the year. This is a big thing for me.

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Marcel's 2nd in Foto Forum

 

What do you do when you're not shooting?

More or less - everything is about photography. There is no turn-off button. Of course I work, I love my job. Even if I watch Netflix I capture ideas, compositions. After work and promotion is the biggest piece of the cake.

 

Do you have a favourite image that you've taken?

(See Below)

 

Photography by Marcel A Vie

Marcel's Favorite Photograph

 

 

 

Marcel A Vie Self-Portrait

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