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Master Photography in Berlin: Semester Start (Tom Kaiser Part 4)

Tom Kaiser holds a bachelor's degree in photography from the Hamburg campus. Now he is studying for his Photography Master at the Campus Berlin. You can also read his introduction, his first report about his studies at Campus Berlin and his summary of the first Master's semester. Now follows his blog article about the beginning of his second semester.

Hello, friends!

After a successful semester break, I’m back at Campus Berlin – fresher and more fired up than ever before!

I spent part of the break at home with my parents, reflecting on the past semester and recharging my batteries. I also seized the opportunity to start a mini-project called “After the Storm”. Although it’s not yet online yet, you now have an exclusive little heads up that it’s on its way! I also spent a fantastic week in Mallorca with a friend, splashed around in the sea every day, exploring the island, enjoying the supermoon and spending the entire time without any electronic devices. Instead of being glued to our phones, we had plenty of time to think and chat. We even hatched the crazy idea to sleep in a rented car – and we did! We got as close to nature as the cold night air would allow. What an adventure!

New courses

The courses I’m taking during my second semester look really promising. Most of all, I’m looking forward to the project course – so I’ll have even more time for a major project than last semester! Then there’s “Ethics of the Image”, which kicks off with a look at the fundamentals of Western ethics and then moves on to take a more international perspective, including Indian ethics. Given the international composition of the course, the content couldn’t be more appropriate! Our Professor, Eric Aichinger, made several suggestions for topics we could cover and asked us to choose our favourites. Then, in the second half of the semester, we’ll be moving on to photographic practice. We’ll spend time with a photographer, who will answer our questions on a wide range of topical issues, including the right to one’s own image in street photography and the debate surrounding “helping or photographing” that all photojournalists in crisis regions are forced to wrestle with.

Major plans

In addition to doing everything I need to do for my course, there are lots of other things that I absolutely want to do during the new semester: First, I’ll be starting a project-based job in Hamburg, where I’ll be working as a product photographer for one of my friends who sells his own products on Amazon. I also want to take the leap into genuine self-employment: I’m currently creating a portfolio as a portrait photographer and hope to present my subjects’ stories, experiences and formative experiences in “environmental portraits”, which would allow me to portray their lives in their usual surroundings. I have already planned all the steps for this through to the summer and am excited to find out how it all works out! Finally, I’m going to be collaborating with a fellow student on a project about homesickness. We aim to portray 100 migrants in Berlin, interview them and photograph a place or sight that makes them feel homesick. If we can, we want to project the pictures onto the Berlin Wall as dyptichs – in keeping with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!

As you can see, I’ve got lots to look forward to. Thankfully, I feel full of energy and can’t wait to hit the ground running in this busy and inspiring semester!

I’ll keep you posted!


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