On Set With Florian Renner
To help us capture the concept of our ‘Look Up Manchester’ campaign, we worked with internationally renowned photographer Florian Renner. Ahead of our latest launch, we sit down to talk about his passion for photography and shooting on location.
Hi Florian, thanks for sitting down with us. Tell us a bit about yourself...
I was born in Stuttgart, Germany. It Is famous for being the hometown of Mercedes Benz and Porsche. Even though I grew up in such a car-industry driven city, I had a pretty creative upbringing… I went to a school that was pushing art, music and languages from an early age onwards.
What got you into photography, have you always had a passion for it?
I was fascinated by cameras and photography for as long as I can remember. We had a great skateboarding & hip hop scene in my home-town and I started skating when I was 13. My friends and I filmed each other all the time. So, before I really started getting into photography, I became quite comfortable and adept at using a video camera.
At the age of 16, I got my first proper SLR camera (everything was still analog back then). My main photography topic was my friends. I already knew around that time that I wanted to make this more than just a hobby. If someone asked me then what I wanted to do after school, I said: I want to become a photographer. Only after a knee injury when I was around 18, did I get more serious about photography and took it to the next level. A lot of my friends were sponsored skaters - soon my first pictures got published in skateboard magazines. My career started as a skateboard photographer, travelling the globe and touring with brands like Adidas and Volcom. As you can probably imagine it was an extremely fun and adventurous period in my life.