Questions for – Martin Strasser

In the fall of 2018, Datacolor held a photo competition with “Blue” as the contest theme. We received so many outstanding images from truly talented photographers, that we had a hard time choosing only 5 winning images as part of the contest. We shared the winning photos before, but since there were a number of other images we were impressed by, we also wanted to share those with you as well. So from time to time, we’ll include some of these pictures, introduce you to the photographer behind the shot, along with the story behind the image. Enjoy!


When did you become interested in photography?


I really became interested in photography after the birth of my son. I started out purchasing a Nikon D60, followed by a D600 and a lot of equipment! I switched over to Olympus with the OM-D E-M10, and was really happy with it. Soon after, I made the decision to stick with Olympus equipment exclusively and sold all my Nikon equipment. From there, I’ve invested in various PRO lenses and other OM-D camera models.


Is photography your hobby or your profession?


For some years now, I have pursued photography as a side business.


How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story behind it?


The picture was taken as part of a photo shoot with a group of swimmers that was set up to test the Olympus underwater photography equipment. For this shoot, we rented the swimming pool at the Olympiazentrum in Salzburg / Rif, creating over- and underwater shots. The goal was to capture each phase of the different swimming styles in a picture.



Who or what inspires you most?


In addition to the many outstanding photographers worldwide, the children and adolescents in my photography classes inspire me with their own, completely unbiased approach to photography.


What’s your photographic focus?


I find myself leaning more and more towards underwater and sports photography.


What’s your next photo project, your next challenge?


In addition to a long-term photo project about a rock formation on my doorstep, I’m currently planning underwater shoots involving fashion and sports.


Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?


Color management plays a very important role for me because I print all my pictures, myself. Therefore, a consistent, color-managed workflow from the camera to the monitor to the printer is essential.



What do you do with your photos? Do you print them, post them on your social media accounts or your website or do they simply stay on your hard drive?


At home, I have some large format frames on my walls, which allow me to rotate new photos to display on a regular basis.


What’s your photographic goal? What do you dream of?


To involve myself with many different photo projects with interesting people.


About the Author – Martin Strasser


A photographer with a passion for fine art prints, Martin lives with his wife, child and dog in the south of Salzburg. He is an Olympus Visionary for Olympus Austria.


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