Intercultural Differences in Photography
Andrin Winteler thinks that photography varies in motives from place to place. Often what a photographer takes pictures of, is to some degree naturally predetermined by the landscape in which he works and lives in. According to this hypothesis, Swiss photographers would often take pictures of mountains while Costa-Rican photographers would probably have the beaches as a one of the main subject.
“I believe that if you are a photographer in Switzerland you can’t avoid the mountains. It’s something three-dimensional and you can take a picture of it and you don’t have to ask anybody for permission. Historically it’s definitely one of the Swiss trademarks and most important photographic elements. But since photography is so diverse, somebody who’s a fashion photographer probably doesn’t come across mountains.”
When you look at it from a social perspective that could also be an aspect of photography that varies from culture to culture. Since many photographers are socially active and try to deal with social issues, they often portray the social issues in their own community, their own culture. While there are definitely social issues that Switzerland and Costa Rica have in common, there are also some that are country-specific.
His Semester Abroad
Andrin Winteler about his semester abroad in Portland: “Going there was like a school of life.” Just like many AFS exchange students, including myself, he struggled with the language at first. I totally agree with him that a semester, in his case only 4 months, are way too short. As soon as you’ve built up your social environment and found out how live in your host country works, you already have to leave. At the end of his semester, he went on a very memorable road trip though the USA.