About - Timo Mistler


My entire life I have been a shutterbug.

However, with the advent of digital photography and the possibilities of the internet things really took off.
I started blogging. My first blog was about my project '365 Days, 365 Photos', where I took and posted one photo per day for an entire year.

Susan Sontag once said:
"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own."

The readership seemed to like to accompany me during this time, so when the project was over, I began a new blog which I still write in to this day: 'Forget The Camera'.

The title stands for one aspect of my standpoint towards photography: you don’t need to use a high-end DSLR in order to take awesome pictures that move people. Of course, I would not choose a Polaroid or Lomo camera for taking underwater photos or 1:1 macro pictures, so yes, the camera actually DOES play a role if you have a certain specialization (and yes, I really do love my DSLRs, lenses, gadgets, etc.).
However, no camera sees that even mundane things can be breathtakingly beautiful, if you only recognize their beauty and know how to convey it.
No camera anticipates what Cartier-Bresson called the “decisive moment”.

It’s the photographer who recognizes the subject, has the idea to show it in a certain way, chooses the viewing angle, compositon and settings accordingly – the camera does not do this.
The camera is a tool – not a complex brain with the ability to think and feel.

I am specialized in landscape, nature, macro and still life photography as well as lifestyle portraits of people and pets.
I like to make use of HDR captures and have a weakness for analog photography, mostly for good old Polaroid pictures which I take with my SX-70 and EE 100.

If you are interested in a commercial use of one of my pictures or would like to buy prints, please don't hesitate to ask via the contact form (link in menu bar on top).
I am also available for assignment work (I am based in Germany).

I would be glad to see you on my blog sometime.