who is thedullchannel

My name is Paul. I am a documentary photographer from Germany.

I have a vocational degree in computer science and business administration. I studied political science, economics, public administration and philosophy with a degree in public administration. Next to my photography I work half a week in IT management.

I was born in the 1980s in what was then called the German Democratic Republic (Eastern Germany) and went to primary school behind the Iron Curtain. The rapid changes after reunification impacted me deeply and opened my eyes for the kind and pace of change. I grew up in Germany’s capital Berlin and was able to witness the amalgamation of two systems and the accompanying developments. I think this sparked my early interest in documenting these changes.

I have been a documentary photographer since the early 2000s. I used to share my work on different websites and sold some pictures to other websites and book publishers. I also ran a similar blog back when blogging was still very new. My more traditional career (and family) took over though and while I was still doing photography I mostly did it for myself and neglected the publishing of my works. Having done enough of a career in my uncreative day job I decided to reduce my working hours to be able to concentrate on photography again.

This website

I am very passionate about the pursuit of truth and meaning and I am always trying to learn more about society, economics, psychology, philosophy, arts and culture and of course urban life. With this website I want to use each image or set of images as an anchor for these different topics. I want to document the life around me. Tell stories and evoke emotions.

I am not putting annoying and distracting ads on this website. My art and my words shall be viewed freely without distraction in this website. If you enjoy your time spent here maybe you want to support my work with a donation below.

What I am currently working with

  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Fujfilm XQ2
  • a few memory cards and spare batteries, nothing fancy as I don’t do video or large bursts
  • Peak Design Leash and Peak Design Cuff; they stuff is pricey but I really like the light weight and easy adjustability
  • a cheapish mini tripod like this, I rarely use tripods, mostly for self portraits at home or Ebay pictures.
  • Peak Design Everyday Sling
  • Manfrotto Street backpack
  • K+F M42 to FujiX adapter
  • a Lens Turbo II focal length reducer for M42. With this you can use old 35mm lenses with their native field of view instead of the cropped view with most modern cameras. It does change the colors and image quality slightly though. But with this and the “dumb” adapter each lens essentially becomes two.

My life in cameras – A journey

  1. Sony DSC-P52
  2. Minolta Dimage A1
  3. Canon EOS 20D [1, 2, 3, 4]
  4. Olympus PEN E-P1 [1, 2]
  5. Olympus PEN E-P3
  6. Olympus OM-D E-M10
  7. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk2
  8. Panasonic GM1
  9. Sony RX100
  10. Panasonic GX8
  11. Fujifilm X100T
  12. Fujifilm X100F
  13. Fujifilm X-T3 (current)
  14. Fujifilm XQ2 (current)