I have been photographing since I was eleven years old. My first camera was a simple Kodak Box II; later I worked with an old Voigtlander. With 17, I bought a used Praktika DSLR and photographed portraits, theatre rehearsals and street scenes in Berlin-Kreuzberg. In 1991, I established my own artistic photo studio in Munich-Ludwigsfeld; from the year 2007 on, I operated my KreativStudio in the Moosach quarter of Munich. Here, I realized ca. 25 ambitious studio projects based on literary texts: Grimm's Fairy Tales, Decamerone, Dante's Inferno, Edgar Allan Poe stories, medieval fabliaux, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, etc. In spring 2010, I met with a young woman from Sweden who was interested in doing a Gothic photo series. We agreed on a role as Mina from Bram Stoker's Dracula novel and started shooting with digital Hasselblad cameras in November 2010. Studio work continued in 2011 while the project developed into a full-fledged photo story, with a full set of characters and scenes. Photo editing took me and my assistants, working with image sizes of 120 x 180 cm, more than six months. I decided to publish the results as an illustrated version of Dracula. Writing the introduction and adding maps to the book is what started my career in Dracula Studies.
Besides The Ultimate Dracula, I also completed the Edgar Alan Poe series, an ambitious Carmilla photo series, and a Twilight parody, which was exhibited in my neighbourhood,
For a full overview of my photo projects and exhibitions, visit www.roos-photography.com.