Portrait photography is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated disciplines. You have to be quite sensitive to what you are showing and one should always try to tell the truth. People see through your eyes and expect to see the truth, a fact the tabloid press totally forgets or ignores. Being shy is also not very helpful in capturing the perfect image. After all the years I have been engaged in shooting portraits, creating a good mood on the set proved the far more important thing than releasing the shutter on the camera. This was made very clear to me when I was pointing the lens in front of Gottfried Hellnwein's face. His first words to me where also a very helpful advice: "Don't use a wide lens! They always make people look like frogs." How true! Thank you Mr. Helnwein!

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