Photographer Check Out – Gianna Funke

We haven’t met in person yet so could you please give us a little background info about yourself: age, where do you live and what are you doing generally in life at the moment.

Sure thing – my name is Gianna, I’m 25 years old and I coem from Duesseldorf, Germany. Currently I’m living in “Wu-Valley” Wuppertal.
So what do I do: I’m a photographer aka “Bams-FX”, I coordinate graffit jams (The Bam Jams) twice a year in the city of Bochum, Germany. Besides that I try to coordinate the “Abwaerts” skateboard team, I have a running cooperation with the Subvert store in Hamburg, I am in the main committee of a street art hall of fame for the Magdeburg Aerosol arena and I am working on opening my own graffiti and skateboard shop. And the most important thing I do is being a mother of a three year old son.

When did you get started with photography?

I’ve always loved to take photographs. The old days when you had to hand in your film and hope that something good was among the results. Later on all of those digital cameras turned up which has made it easier. I bought my first SLR camera in 2011 which was a good decision because things have only been going uphill since then because I take photos of models, clubs, events, promotions and do private photo shoots besides capturing skaters on film.

Ben Hatchell at the Volcom Bergfest 2012

Favorite photography equipment?

I have a Sony A33 sport camera with an external flash and sometimes a tripod. I’m really happy with the equipment when I see what I can get out of it. I supposedly have good timing with my shots – and without that even the most expensive camera won’t help you ๐Ÿ™‚

Any special photographers you look up to?

No, not really – I’m in a different league ๐Ÿ˜‰

What’s your connection to skateboarding as you were at the Volcom Bergfest 2012 capturing the action?

I was there with the Abwaerts team, basically a chaotic tour during which you can do what you want. We know each other well like it happens when you grow your contact network over the years. Some one like me doesn’t stay undiscovered for long.
So I didn’t just go to the contest to get “the picture of the year”, I like just going with the guys to contests and sessions. Camping, partying and basically just having a good time – that is the difference between me and the betties that are running around at these events ๐Ÿ™‚

Italian kickflip, name unknown

You seem to really be into your music: tell us a little about your musical taste.

Music is freedom – I don’t listen just to one type of music, just good music. Hip hop, electronic music, rock or punk – it all works for me!

Mike Vallely at the Endless Grind contest 2012

If you could be anywhere in the world in an hour, tell us three places you would like to be and why.

For sure New York, the grafitti and hip hop mecca. I am definitely going to make that trip and create a photo documentary. I would also like to go to India for the Color Festival – I don’t really know why but I’d like to be there. And my third choice is my sofa – home is the best spot even though I enjoy travelling to other cities to see and experience new things and meet new people. My life is a trip and maybe I’ll arrive at my destination some day.

Any famous last words of wisdom?

Rock nยด roll dudes, we’ll be seeing each other! And thanks Jonathan for your interest!

If you want to contact Gianna for work projects, send a mail to “bamsevents AT web DOT de” or check out her Facebook page:

Railslide at the Volcom Bergfest 2012

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