Office tale of Florian Mueller, freelance photographer/artist

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Who are you :
My name is Florian Mueller.


Your current job :
I am a freelance photographer/artist who is exhibited and published worldwide.
I am a curiosity-driven photographer who uses his camera as a tool to take a look below the surface of customary patterns of conception.


In which city are you located?
Cologne, Germany


A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Impulsive, sometimes chaotic, sometimes lazy...


What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Adobe Lightroom, A. Photoshop, A. Illustrator, A. Indesign, Photozoom

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What does your office space look like?
As a photographer I am usually working outside or on location, so it's my home office under the roof of our house.
I have a large desk, that is custom made by my own to fit perfectly into the corner in my office under the roof sloping (see picture).
I am working with a second screen, using sometimes my wacom tablet. I have two white Nocs NS2 active speakers to listen to music while working.
From time to time I have to give me a break and play on my Gibson Les Paul BFG.


What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
Mostly handmade, guitar-heavy music. The Virginmarys, Jack White, The Parlor Mob, Rival Sons. Sometimes when I have to concentrate I switch to minimal electro like Loscil.


Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
No. There are two things I have to "handle": The things that have to be done like office stuff, inquiries, exhibition-organization. And finding new motives and ideas which is an inspirational process that cannot be planned.


What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
I do not know if I am good person to give any hints. Maybe the one tip my wife gave me: Sometimes you have to stop working, let go and free your mind. Inspiration can not forced to come to you.
And be open to the principle called serendipity: finding things you are not looking for.


You're better than your colleagues to :
I do not know if I am better than anyone.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
" Patience is not only a virtue. Sometimes it is most important." said my father.


What is your best tip for saving time ?
I think the goal is not to save time but to use it in a good way. I am in the very fortunate situation that my work does mostly not feel like work.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I have a family, a 2,5 years old son. So the day starts at 7am with my son coming to me saying "Hello, come and play/read/jump on the bed with my!". Then coffee. At the end of the day I am cooking for me and my wife, that can take a while because cooking is my hobby.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
Of course my camera!