February 12, 2016

Documenting her relationship with her boyfriend through the lens, we caught up with German photographer, Claudia Böge about picking up the camera for the first time and what she hopes to accomplish this year.

UO: Where is home for you?

Since I grew up between Germany and Spain, I would say I don’t have one specific home. But home is definitely where my family and friends are. So for the moment, my home is in Barcelona and Hamburg.

UO: When did you first pick up a camera?

The first time I picked up a camera was with my dad, who is obsessed with photography and is also a photographer. But if I´m honest, I started to feel passionate about photography when I began travelling and taking photos of landscapes. It´s just amazing how you can get so many inspirations from the little things during trips away. Before, it was more of a hobby than a passion. And now I just can´t imagine not having it in my life.

UO: How would you describe your style in three words?

Simple, real and natural.

UO: Film or digital?

I would love to start using film, but for the moment digital.

UO: Can you tell us about the inspiration and story behind these images?

The main idea was to capture a series of photographs that showed our relationship in the most natural and real way possible, so we decided to take them during our daily routine. The location we used for the outdoor photos is our favorite here in Spain. It´s in Panta de Sau, a big lake in Vic. It´s special because it has a hidden city under the lake. The views and the atmosphere are just magic there. This makes it a perfect place to escape from the city during the weekends.

UO: What is your most memorable travel experience to date?

It´s really difficult to choose one, but if I had to pick, I would say when I went to Johannesburg, South Africa for the first time. I think that was the trip that influenced and inspired me most of all.

UO: What do you hope to accomplish in 2016?

I would love to do a road trip through the States and to visit Portland, one of my favorite places in the World. I would also love to learn to play the harmonica and start working for a photography magazine.

And finally…

Happiness is… to travel as much as you can
The most important thing in life is… Family, friends and photography
My favourite time of day…. Evening. I hate the mornings!
My on-the-road soundtrack is… Definitely has to be 40 Day Dream by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros