About names, business and some other things

About names, business and some other things

My name is Harald Christoph Doblinger and I’m an artist.

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That’s more than some people know about me, even if I never made a miracle about my life and I write like an open book. But one thing leads to another and names are changing things even if they don’t. So it happened that most people know my work under the name of Hirmuinen photography or Harald Hirmuinen, but not my real name. That’s my own mistake, as I once believed I need a special sounding name or whatever for my portfolio, but things change, sometimes so late that it is making things more difficult for yourself but they change…

But yeah, it’s not that easy as artist, especially when you are doing not only photography, but different kind of arts, when you want to do things professional and if you don’t want to mix things up…

Now I’m writing this lines with a name in my passport, one for my portfolio/company, one for my studio and one more for the clothing designs I make. Yes, the whole shit comes out of my creative insanity, the art itself, the message behind, the web designs – everything – and in all of this there is also always the presents of Sarah Irina Skrutl [www.sherunswithwolves.com], cause she is inspiring, she is my calm anchor and she is ways present – and the reason I’m not going nuts sometimes…

But these days I came to a point somehow where all of this is making me kind of schizophrenic, as all the name mixing is an unnecessary evil I want to get rid of somehow, to combine those things, to make things clear and to show that’s me and that’s what I’m doing!

I’m an artist and I try to make business, that’s confusing enough, so there is no need for confusion through thousands different names… Why is it confusing? Cause as artists you don’t consider time while creating, don’t consider money for material you want and you don’t have a market price in your head all the time… But business is about time, a price, competition and to sell as less as necessary for as much as possible, or in other words, sell shit for gold… Sounds maybe strange for some but that’s fact if you are an artist… Today’s business looks like this, if I take the things I create into the focus: home pages you get for free or simple nothing, professional studio photos for around € 100,- and shirts with designs for something like €15,- that’s the real life if you don’t have a big name somewhere somehow… That’s the perfect competition for an artist, as you get professional equipment nowadays for almost nothing in the stores NOT!!! But fuck this, company’s sell shit for gold and pay their employees almost nothing, so that’s some kind of competition already even if you leave the artistic fact outside… I’m wondering, when was it that people forgot things like individuality, uniqueness, or to differ how they are and do things (and I don’t mean in sexuality) and to cherish other peoples work and the love and passion behind it. I remember, that it was about 10 years ago, when this “Geiz ist geil” (Greed is cool) advertisements started in the german speaking countries, and nowadays it’s getting worse and worse and individuality is lost… No problem to pay a fortune if there is a BIG name on it, no matter if there is quality or no. But people expect art for free, if there is an individual behind without a big name…

Hei people out there, cameras, lenses, studio equipment, professional software and hardware cost a shitload of money, creating takes time, time and more time and creating is NOT producing, so you can’t control things and all this is worth respect, money and more respect. So respect yourself and respect other people! Respect the artists, respect the things you buy and respect the nice guys selling you stuff at the supermarket while you are fucked up and haunted by your life, work and greed!

Be aware of things, their value and especially of the value of your life!

CIRCUS

My name is Harald Christoph Doblinger and I’m an artist.

I was born on the 26nd of February 1979 in Vienna, Austria and lived there until the end of April 2011. As far as I remember I always loved taking photos with those throw away cameras and drawing, when I was a child. I drew cars and houses in all possible variations.

Eventually I ended up in the same technical school as my father, followed by the technical university of Vienna, where I completed my studies in process engineering. It seems that nobody (maybe including myself) saw my artistic passion, my love to create things, despite it was so obvious… But somehow the flame never died… The camera never left me or I never left the camera since then.

In the year 2001 it came together what should be together. I set foot on finish ground for the first time – I saw a sunset, while the moon was rising and a bird was dancing in the rain and I felt in love with the nature and the country. At the same time I started taking live pictures…

And the artistic story of my life somehow started…

After that you could have described my life like – Vienna the big city, my studies, technical/uncreative things – all these minimizing my creativity and the blossoming followed every time I was visiting Finland. 2007 was the year I met Sarah Irina the first time and since then we shared our lives as artists. You know when you meet really special persons in your live and she is a very special one! My inspiration, my muse, my calm anchor and one of the most creative and talented persons I met in my whole live. She is the one understanding me, even she is not agreeing with everything I do and how I’m doing it. But that’s another story.

2011 was the year, leaving all behind, cancelling jobs, ending an old live, leaving all “secure” boundaries and going into the unknown and after an inner/outer struggling ending up in doing and living the one and only thing – creating – no matter what comes – and living for art only…

And now it’s time, that people know me and what I am…

My name is Harald Christoph Doblinger and I’m an artist.

CIRCUS