Dahlewitz’s hobby photographer Wilfried Dötzel and his love of light

Aerial photographer Wilfried Dützel says it’s the eye and perspective that make good photos. “It is the view that is crucial, not the device,” the 80-year-old convinced Dalewitzer.

He has been committed to photography all his life. Even as a kid in the 1950s, Wilfried Dützel battled fleeting moments — and captured them in pictures forever. At that time he was still with the “Prouva Start” camera, the so-called Trabi among the devices, he focused mainly on two elements of photography: light and movement.

Wilfried Dützel: “Photography is painting with light”

As a child, he found both of his grandparents in Kruplsee, in the Dahme-Spreewald district, where they lived: “the magic of the reflection of water and the mood of light,” he says in an interview with MAZ. Light and movement are still the dominant elements in his photographic work. “Photography is painting with light,” he says.

Light and movement are the defining elements of the 80-year-old amateur photographer from Dahlewitz.

Wilfried Dötzel prefers taking pictures during the so-called blue hour. It is the time just before sunrise or right after sunset. The light is often quite strong during the day, but is softer during blue hour – in the world of photography, blue hour is known as the perfect time for romantic and dramatic portraits. He says he often gets up in the middle of the night and goes to the lake to get the perfect picture.

Dahlewitz photographer known to readers of MAZ

He also frequently captures the light trails of cars or other lights with his camera. For this he uses the function of his camera, which allows him to take a large number of photos in a few seconds. He hardly edits his photos after that – everything he captures thanks to his eyes. “I often take 1,000 shots of a single target. I pick my best three or four of those instead of working on them afterward,” he says. He is not familiar with the many photo editing software available today – while the numerous possibilities tempt him and see the art of successful editing as his next big project.

MAZ readers may know Wilfried Dotzel. Time and time again his picture appears in the newspaper. Mostly they are pictures of animals or pictures of landscapes. Here too, movement and light are the defining characteristics that fascinate Dötzel and which he captures subtly. For example, he will always remember a vacation trip he took six years ago to the African country of Tanzania with his wife Marianne – also thanks to his photos.

There are pictures of lions, giraffes and wild animals. “Suddenly there was an elephant in front of me just two meters away and its trunk was in the camera. I couldn’t change the lens that fast.” A moment he will never forget. Others see moments and store them in their heads. I’ll stick to it and I’ll keep it forever.” As with lighting or fire, it’s the animal’s movements that fascinate Dötzel.

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“The interactions, the behavioral pattern is the cool thing. For example, when animals are mating, when several males are hovering around a female — in the animal world this is often a ritual,” he says. When Dötzel talks about photography, he always seems a little excited. Words erupt, if you don’t ask him any questions or interrupt him politely, he’ll probably talk about his forever passion – it’s the pure joy that catches him as soon as he thinks of photography.

Ironically, his wife Marianne – they have been married since 1981 – shares his passion for photography to a very limited extent. “She’s not interested in photography at all,” Dötzel says with a laugh. However, they have loved each other for more than 40 years. If he talks about it, he speaks more than any picture or image. At the same time smiling in love.

He reveals the secret of his 41-year marriage: “You should never lose respect for your partner and you should talk and discuss everything.” It is important to be able to apologize when you make a mistake. Freedom is just as important. She gives it to him when he’s taking pictures and he gives it to her when she’s reading a book, for example. “The daily token of love is important so that you can maintain a long-term relationship,” he says. One day he will hug when he leaves the house. Another day the flowers might be.

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