Michael Heidecker lives in Hamburg, Germany. Starting with a Kodak pocket camera at the age of 10, photography has been an important part of life teaching him how to observe, communicate, and condense complex content into view words or single images. At the beginning, his business career and photography seemed to be in conflict. Over time he understood their similarities and synergies. A good advisor does not present ready-made solutions. He rather helps the other one through questions to find suitable solutions himself. Similarly good photos tend to raise questions that stimulate the emotions of the viewers to make up their own stories.
Street, documentary, and travel photography are Michael’s main areas of photographic interest. Driven by a fascination for people, light, and the art of symmetry/asymmetry, Michael uses the process of taking pictures to actively learn about his environment and himself. This can be through observation or in-depth discussions with his subjects. Visually, he strives to create contrasting images often with symmetric composition, but ambiguous content. Thus the process of taking a picture and releasing the shutter at the right moment with the lens being at the right angle is often as fascinating to him as the final image. Best results are achieved being in a "meditative" state where the subconscious mind leads the action–especially in street photography, where interesting scenes appear and vanish in split seconds.
Whilst Michael has created his own style of photography, he has received valuable inspiration through photo expeditions, workshops, and master classes with distinguished photographers like Steve McCurry, Jacob Aue Sobol or Bruce Gilden.