Photo © Sebastian Bach
English Version: 18 photography students from the academy of art and design Offenbach prove their skills at Melt! festival 2010.
Clemens Mitscher is probably the only person at Melt! festival, wearing a t-shirt with two printed E-Mails. One on the front and one on the back. This has a reason of course. On the 20th of January 2011 Mitscher sent an E-Mail to Geert Schäfer, head of photography at Melt! festival. He asked if he and his stage photography course at the academy of art and design Offenbach could photograph at Melt!, simply to improve their handling of cameras. Schäfers positive answer followed a week later. Mitschers enthusiasm led to him printing the two E-Mails on his T-Shirt. This enthusiasm is still palpable: “It’s such an extraordinary possibility to be able to photograph in such an ambience.”Photographing the stage artists at Melt! is the main focus of the students. “We’re planning to photograph about sixty to one hundred acts”, says student Pascal David Breitenbach. “You can learn a lot through stage photography”, adds his fellow student Urs Daun. “Because of the ever changing lighting conditions, you have to be very fast.” Adding to this is the fact that as a photographer you’re only allowed to release the shutter the first three songs. “This adds pressure.” says Urs Daun. Since the inception of the project in 2010 the students were able to show off their skills mulitple times. They photographed at Burg Herzberg 2010, and visited about 25 concerts in three months. “Melt raises the bar compared to Burg Herzberg”, say Pascal David Breitenbach. Luckily the students found a lot of sponsors. They’re especially proud of their Hasselblad cameras, their studio is right next to an old american school bus, sponsored by m-Store, which they use as their digital darkroom. From this basecamp the students are going to capture the Melt! experience, capturing it for others. One can only be excited about the results.
author: Sebastian Bach