To him photography is more than just pictures that are nice to look at, it’s a tool to change the world. He’d like to document life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to shed a light upon the daily struggle of its inhabitants. When asked what he wants to achieve with his work as a photographer, he answers:
“I’m driven by the wish to contribute my part to a better world with photography. To create added value.”
A Piece of Advice
I asked him what advice he would give to somebody who wants to pursue photography. Similarly to Stefan Zürrer he believes that it’s very important to specialize in a specific field of photography. However, he advises everybody to try out all sorts of different types of photography and various techniques.
To be a successful photographer Dominik Baur thinks the most important thing is to produce good work and be committed and passionate about it. What’s also really important is networking.
Some general life advice that he’s got for you is to not have your life all planned out. He believes that life itself is the plan.
This and the picture above are part of Dominik Baur’s series Cuban People II. In case you are wondering why those pictures when they obviously don’t have to do much with Switzerland, they are not the ones that will be in the Art for Understanding exhibition. The ones that will are not avaliable yet. So be prepared for a surprise!
His Dreams and Wishes
It’s a big dream of Dominik Baur to have a small old house on a wild ocean coast at a place where it’s warmer than in Switzerland and where there is lots of wind and waves to surf. Somewhere in the future when he’s an old man, he can already precisely picture what he’d like to be doing and where he’d like to be:
“I’d like to sit in a rocking chair at the coast in Cuba smoking a Cigar and drinking a Mojito. To be with my bae and to look back on life, to look at old pictures together and to be able to say about myself that I was a good person and that I was able to change some small things throughout my life that had a positive impact on the world.”