Andreas Trnka Photography


I make pictures. Making a pictures takes time. Observing the subject thoroughly is essential. I feel the match of colour, texture and people and I always try to make the best of it.


There is always an atmosphere. I don’t believe that a creative environment can exist without atmosphere. Awareness helps me to feel the atmosphere and maybe influence it towards  my requirements. Being aware of the atmosphere begins days before the creative process itself starts.


Dimension is a very important aspect in people photography. How close or how far away do I have to be? How much space does the person need? How is the result going to be presented later? In people photography, dimension is heavily influenced by the connection of photographer and model. How close can I get?


Emotions are different from atmosphere. Emotions have an influence on the atmosphere. Emotions can change during the photo session. It is essential to review emotions constantly and to control them. Before I take photos, no matter where and what, I transfer myself  in the right mood.

Wabi Sabi – Photography without perfection.

Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. These are the three pillars of the Japanese concept Wabisabi. Finding beauty and truth in imperfection. Wabisabi is not only a concept for photography, there are many aspects in life where the philosophy of imperfection can create more beauty than perfection. I always used to have the best technology but never been satisfied. Practicing meditation along with Wabi Sabi philosophy helps me to continuously  improve my photography.


my name is Andreas and I was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1967. I´m a self-taught photographer since 1999. Being a photographer means to learn constantly. State-of-the-art equipment might be interesting, but the state-of-mind is much more important. For the last ten years I tried to develop my mindfulness and as it increased, the happiness with my work increased too. I changed from “taking” pictures to “making” pictures.

What is the difference between philosophy and science? 
In science you ask: How has this photo been taken. In philosophy you ask: Why has this photo been taken. In art, „how“ is not important, „why“ is important. You can answer „how“ very easy but you must answer „why“ even more easier, if you can do that – your photo is real.

My workspace is everywhere. I work in my atelier or outdoor. I have my own mobile lights, that gives me the freedom to work with maximum creativity. I plan my photography projects; I train my mindfulness and I keep things simple.

The final part of my photographic process is printing. I do printing myself and I love to see my work on a beautiful sheet of fine art paper.

I am also a photo book collector for many years. Photo books are an important source of inspiration for me.  Japanese photography is  very important to me, Daido Moriyama is one of my favorite photographers.

I am not focussed on a certain part of photography, but I love to work with people (Boudoir / Beauty /Portrait) and I love to be out on the streets, see, feel, smell and enjoy life.

“The joy of living dangerously”