With his easy-going nature and great commitment, Alex easily motivates the people in front of the camera. The photographer from Austria has a contagiously positive charisma and attitude towards life. I would describe our time together as “never a dull moment”. We are not only connected by friendship, but also by several professional projects. When we meet, we look back together on wonderful experiences and talk about the ups and downs of the past years. An honest conversation that shows above all how valuable it is, to be honest with yourself.
Chris: “When you consider that many of us are now marketers, social media managers, content creators, then you can only endorse the step. Besides, such experiences are irreplaceable. Still, I keep hearing that you can’t make it without studying.”
Alex: “Of course, you can! I was interested in an entrepreneurship degree program where 600 people applied for 30 places. After successfully getting in, I realized after a short time that studying didn’t fit into my life anymore. So, I went back to traveling for photography.”
Chris: „You fell into a pattern, though, where you were out of touch with your friends. Driven by success.“
Chris: „I remember you texting me that your first jobs of the season got canceled due to the virus.“
Chris: „You were at a loss. I still wanted to support you with projects, but we had to go on short-time work. No one knew what was going on, what the future would bring. You were stranded back home in Austria.“
Chris: “Then you fell back into the old pattern of working what felt like 24/7. I can empathize with you though, went through a similar thing and put work above everything. Defined me more and more by success, let friendships, relationships, and private contacts slide.”
Chris: „Until I wrote to a Salzburg agency where I did an internship some years ago. I brought my clients with me to convince the owners, that I was worth a job. So I moved close to the company and got hired as a full-time photographer.“