I was born 1955 in Aachen, Germany and brought up in a strongly Protestant family within a predominantly Roman Catholic community. The political events of the sixties and the seventies contributed positively to my personality.
The subjects of my main interests have been Social Studies, Theology and Geography. In 1978 I left Germany for Denmark and since then I have been living in Copenhagen.
Between 1979 and 1985 I travelled for long periods to various countries in Asia, Africa and New Zealand searching for answers to my many questions regarding life and death.
The teachings and inspirations I received especially from people in Egypt and Sudan changed the course of my life forever. The lessons and experiences I gained there later proved to be crucial to my decision to become a Muslim.
In 1989 I finished my education as a mechanical technician. This education, however, could never really challenge and inspire me to the same extent as photography.
In 1990 I went to Italy for work and after two years I returned to Denmark dissatisfied but with valuable additions of professional experience, knowledge of both how to make Italian food and a new language.
Finally, in 1992 I embraced Islam. Since 1995 I have been married and have four children.
In 1977 I bought my first reflex camera. It was a Russian Zenit and with this camera I made my first photo experiments. The b/w photography was the most attractive. The processing of the film in the darkroom made me enthusiastic. This camera - heavy like a Russian "T34 tank" - I carried with me on my first travel to East Africa.
In 1980 I bought my second camera. It was a second-hand Minolta reflex camera. This camera was technical more developed and of course lighter. I used this camera on many years.
In 1997 I bought a Canon camera with different accessories. This is my first professional photographic equipment.
In 2005 I took a one years course at the Copenhagen Photo School. Here I was able to dwell on my practical photographic experience and experiment further to develope my interest in various types of cameras and photo equipment as well as films. As well as that professional photographers guided me to make my photography more excellent. In the future I would like to work with a large format camera.
The camera has been the most important tool on my spiritual way to Islam. The significance of Light is for me as a bridge between Islam and photography.
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