TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWN, THIS BERMUDIAN PHOTOGRAPHER INVENTED HIS OWN TECHNIQUE. From artists to designers, Bermuda is full of talent. One such talent is Andreas Detzer, a photographer with an eye for capturing Bermuda’s beauty. Detzer, who currently works as the general manager at Bermuda’s historic Fourways Inn & Restaurant, discovered his passion for photography many years ago. In 2010, he discovered what he calls “surreal reflection photography,” meaning that with a single shot, he can make a building sink into the ocean, reflect an entire landscape into a tree or merge two subjects in visual range into something amazing and surreal. Soon, Detzer went from decorating his walls to exhibiting at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Gallery One Seventeen and the Bermuda Society of Arts. Experience Bermuda caught up with Detzer to talk about his inspiration, techniques and more. What inspires your work the most? I am always looking for something new — what other photographers don’t do. I’ve always realised that there are many phenomenal photographers on the island and obviously thousands more in the big wide world. It was never my intention nor hope to compete with them, as most are probably light years ahead of me and I have a full-time job. The only way for me to make a dent in the art world was to come up with something unique. Even though good equipment is essential, I knew shortly after my first discovery that what really counts is the eye and your imagination. What does your photography technique involve? It really depends. If I shoot birds or fish, I use double exposure. I need everything from good to bad weather, sunrise or sunset, a sun at high noon, a sunny sky or have it covered with clouds. For images like the America’s Cup racer, which is shot in double exposure, I needed imagination and knowledge to combine the right images at the right time. The final touch was then given in postprocessing using Photoshop and Topaz Labs. You recently won first place in Digital Art in the Bermuda Society of Arts’ TechArt 2016 Digital Art Awards competition. What was that like for you? Tremendous and fulfilling, to say the least. This only got better when I went to the Society of Arts a couple of weeks later to pick up my images at the end of the show. This is when I was handed another prize for winning the People’s Choice award. I don’t think it gets any better than this in one exhibition — convincing the judges that you are the best followed by the public supporting their judgement with another image.
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