My name is Andreas Gladis and I would like to write something about myself here. I was born in 1966 in Hildesheim. After graduating from secondary school, I completed an apprenticeship as a telecommunications technician. Afterwards I visited the technical secondary school. Then I successfully finished my studies of electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover with my diploma thesis in the field of machine vision.
My father introduced me to photography at an early age. He gave me his 35mm viewfinder camera. At school I learned how to make black and white and color prints. In 1983 I got my first SLR camera and in 2004 my first digital camera. Since then I have been taking pictures exclusively digitally.
My photographic career started with classic travel photography. On my travels I always deal intensively with the places I visit. This is also expressed in the way I travel. Package tours were always not my thing. My first long trip was in 1993 to Algiers and the Sahara in the Hoggar Mountains. I’ve been visiting places off the beaten tourist path ever since.
Nature photography came along, triggered by a trip to Borneo, in 2008. But I’m not the classic nature photographer who waits for hours for the subject. Fortunately, you don’t have to do that on Borneo either. At the moment, I rarely do nature photography. My great passion has always been reportage photography. But unfortunately I always lacked the right approach to it. That only changed in 2019 with a reportage photography workshop with Prof. Rolf Nobel. Today, I photograph mainly documentary. This applies to travel photography as well as nature photography. My latest passion is music photography. Here, too, I’m more interested in the backstage and studio view instead of classic concert photography.