Photography helps me to make sense of the world around me and my place in it, and sometimes just to make sense of myself
Hi, I’m Johannes Reinhart, a Western Australian fine art photographer and educator.
It’s hard to sum up something as complex as my photography in one sentence. A lot of it is just taking pictures of anything I react to and then later finding patterns that tell me something about what’s going on in my subconscious. It’s a bit like therapy really, as photography sometimes helps me to cut through the cloud that shrouds my thinking.
I also like real a lot. Real people, honest people. People who have lived through difficult circumstances. They remind me that I’m not the only one who has a fragmented soul. Then, there’s the thrill of hunting, which keeps me going in my documentary and street photography where you never know what scene you will stumble upon next. There are also those pictures that illustrate a feeling or have a story where in reality there wasn’t any. It’s like lying with my camera, but the stories often tell me more about myself than about the people they feature.
Ultimately I shoot from the heart and if I can connect to something, I take a picture. Often with my camera, and sometimes just in my head, where I bring with me the curiosity and playfulness of a child. Then for a moment in time, leaves floating in a pond become stars in my photographic universe.