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Stefan Ablinger

Stefan Ablinger

I grew up in the region of Vöcklabruck in Upper Austria. My family moved quite a bit in this area. Moving to different places is something constant in my life. I went to Tourism School in Bad Ischl. Worked as a waiter in Switzerland. Studied Tourism Business in Innsbruck. Organised congresses in Germany. Lived in Thailand. Moved to Vienna where I worked for large corporations like McDonald’s, the Bank Austria and Blue Tomato. Where I opened new Skate & Snowboard Stores in Austria and Germany.

To work in the field of photography and videography has been a dream for the most part of my life. Very far away. It was towards the end of my tourism studies when I did an exchange semester in Thailand when I started to play with cameras. I documented my journeys and edited my first videos. It took me another few years until I decided to quit my job, move into a van and focus on photography. I enrolled in a private university in Vienna and studied Digital Photography and Image Processing. I was lucky enough to land a few gigs soon.

Photography changed the way I see things. It’s an incredible transformation to experience. Suddenly I notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, bulidings, trees, flowers. Everything around looks different.

I spend the winters escaping cold Austria. The last months I travelled through Morocco with my little family, my girlfriend Sabrina and my one year old daughter Mavie. Morocco feels like it is made for taking pictures. I shot a little documentary about people living in vans.

Travelling helps me appreciate Austria, and especially the area around lake Attersee. In the summer we head back to Austria, to visit friends and family. And to work. So let me know if you have a project in mind where you think I might fit in.


Live in the present

When I shoot I am aware of everything around me. I can’t be thinking about the movie I watched last night, or what we’re going to have for dinner. Photography focuses me on the now, which is incredibly valuable.


See the beauty in everything

Every day is filled with beauty – in the most ordinary or unexpected places. When I started to derive happiness from seeing some particularly awesome light, I realized that photography had changed my everyday experience.


Express yourself

My unique perspective can go further than just showing people how I see a scene. Photography also lets me express myself – my opinions and beliefs. This aspect of photography is ever-changing as I change. Absolutely fascinating as a viewer, and fulfilling as a shooter.