One Step Ahead, Two Steps Back
Urban Phramez #1
Sunny Day in April
Cabin By the frozen lake
Urban Phramez #2
Reise mit Hindernissen
Waiting for tonight
Urban Phramez #3
Orange & Pace
Spring is in the air
Urban Phramez #4
Hello beautiful world,
I’m Dominik, a photographer, videographer, and musician based in Berlin, which is the perfect place to take awesome „Urban Phramez.“
Capturing moments of unmediated chance encounters and random incidents instantly become a snapshot that will never come back in the same way. On the one hand, street photography can expose the brutal reality, ugliness, or bizarre moments. On the other hand, it can reveal little beautiful things, enchanting moments, or unique stories that you may not have spotted before. You just have to look closely, scrutinize your surroundings, and be in the right place at the right time to capture those moments and keep them eternal.
Nearly all of us own a mobile phone, which is usually well-equipped with a great camera. Most people take pictures every day, sharing them on social media with friends, relatives, or followers. That is why photography has become more of general knowledge than ever.
Moreover, it reminds us of beloved humans who have passed away or keeps us aware of certain moments in history and preserves them for future generations. It evokes memories that we may have forgotten.
Photography enables discovering the world from another point of view, meeting people you may never have met, and a unique way to tell your own story, which has influences on emotions, values, or beliefs.
I truly believe that you don’t „take“ a photograph; you „make“ it.
I was born in Germany, near the dutch border, and started making music very early at the age of 8.
I started my journey with piano lessons with Mr. Peter Simons, who was a student of the legendary romantic pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
In the following years, I participated in numerous competitions and began composing my first pieces for the piano.
The first major project was the composition for the musical Lady on the Stage, which deals with the story of the first actress on the theatre stage in the 17th century.
As I worked on the musical, I discovered a passion for film scoring that has since become a significant focus of my work as a composer.
While working as a musical and film composer, I successfully completed the entrance exam at the conservatory in Münster, Germany, studying music production and electronic and acoustic keyboard instruments with professor Rob Maas (keyboards) and professor Henning Verlage (music production).
I resumed my journey in music by winning the European Talent Competition in 2010 for „Scoring & Sound Design“ and had the great honor of receiving the award from the Academy Award winner and film composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
Shortly, after winning the award, I successfully passed the entrance exam at the film university „Konrad Wolf“, Potsdam Babelsberg with professor Ulrich Reuter and professor Karim Sebastian Elias.
While studying Composition for Screen in Potsdam, I received a scholarship for the Royal College of Music, London with professor Vasco Hexel. I also got the opportunity to attend lectures with the legendary film composer Hans Zimmer.
Aside from my love for music, I have also been a photographer and videographer since 2013. What began as an ambitious free time activity, gradually became a second passion.
Some of my most interesting works as a photographer and videographer led me to the U.S. vocal play group „Naturally 7“, where I could take photographs and shoot a behind-the-scenes documentary called One Day in the Life.
Additionally, I had the opportunity to photograph Olaf Scholz shortly before his election as Chancellor of Germany.
Recently, I’ve been working on photo books, after having taken several trips through Europe as a street photographer.
It completes and finishes my work and the process of curating my photos into a book has been incredibly rewarding. Each page is an opportunity to showcase my best shots and to create a visual narrative that tells unique stories.
It includes a collection of street photographs from Barcelona, „Decisive Moments“, as well as from Prague, called „Collision of the unexpected“ and „Phramed“, a street photography experience from London, which will probably be exhibited in 2023.