Tom Zilker’s passion is for photography and he lives and works in Munich. Alongside artistic photography, his main focus is on portraiture and photographing people.
Growing up in the tranquil town of Erding in Upper Bavaria, he took an interest in photography at a very early age. The analogue SLR camera given to him by his father was his introduction to the fascinating world of photographic vision. Nevertheless, he initially undertook a “conventional” course of studies in Information Management for Business and worked in the marketing and sales department of a global IT company before turning once again to photography. At first this was as a hobby, passion and sideline, until in January 2011 he decided to dedicate himself completely to photography as a freelance photo designer in Munich.
In his pictures, much of the focus is on people, and on emotional, artistically created images, sometimes seen from a perspective that is quite different from the norm. Light painting exaggerates and takes to extremes this different way of looking at things, and with light, movement and blurring produces a new impression of familiar motifs. The viewer is not presented with an interpretation; instead there is room for discovery and emotions.
PS: His article “Lichtmalerei – zurück zur Unschärfe” >> (Light painting – back to blurring) (in German) in our blog is also well worth a read.
A selection of Photographs by Tom Zilker can be found here >>