Instant Encounters


Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit


“Quest – Im Wandel der Zeit” & “Voyagers – Instant Encounters” are topic specific photographic diaries which draw inspiration from movement, exploration and the interaction with places and individuals who’s paths I cross. In “Quest” the regional and cultural particularities and characteristics which are typical for a certain style or period of time, are portrayed by showing the surroundings created by man. Reflecting on man-made environments paints a pretty good picture of the inhabitants and the era you are looking at. Working in design and art direction since the late 90’ies  (Olex Creative Agency was founded in New York in 1999), my focus is occupationally often aimed at related fields of interest such as typography & signage, identity in the public realm, architecture, design and various other topics. The interplay of desk- and studio time vs. exploration and adventure is essential to me, in both the professional as well as personal sense.

In the recently exhibited and now published project “Voyagers”, the approach is a much more direct one, using an entirely different photographic system. These portraits of people are taken spontaneously and wherever possible, rather than planned and organized beforehand. Fujifilm’s Instax Polaroid system possesses an impressive, well-balanced and saturated color spectrum which makes it to me, the ideal portrait camera when on the run and out and about. If operated correctly, some fantastic results can be achieved and today’s film has furthermore proven to be extremely reliable and quite durable.

Though this is by no means a political website, I take the liberty to comment on what I see and create. Quest’s stories contain personal views alongside historical and other facts which I research to the best of my knowledge beforehand. Respect for the individual and privacy have always played a key role in my work. Almost everyone who posed for a picture, was asked beforehand and a promise was given to not reveal the identity.  The two projects which make use of  very different photographic technologies (Polaroid film, Digital), complement each other and are meant to function as one.

For professional inquiries please write to info@oliverlins.com or call Oliver Lins, Olex Berlin at +49 30 8093-5745. Visit Olex – Creative Agency at olex-design.com

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Oliver Lins Olex Berlin New York


Austrian born, 1972
Parsons School of Design, New York

New York, United States 1994 – 2004
Berlin, Germany 2004 – current

Olex – Creative Agency
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