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Luca-Mercedes is a Photographer, Art Director and the Founder of HONEST. She was born in Vienna and is travelling around the globe for her work .
Luca-Mercedes is an artist, a world wanderer and a heart on fire .
As the child of two artists, she spent a lot of her early life at her fathers studio, painting ("really bad") next to him and listening to Rock'n'Roll music .
One day she stumbled upon her dad's old Leica R4 camera, got curious about photography and left for the city taking pictures. Since the first roll of film her heart beats for photography all along the way, she knew she had found the one thing she really loved and that inspires her till this day. Two years later she attended the academy "die Graphische" in Vienna, where she spent most of her time in the darkroom developing and printing her analogue photos ranging from 35mm to Large Format .
The rise of the digital photographic era sent her into a 3 year creative crisis but she eventually picked up her camera again in 2010 followed by going into business for herself as a full time photographer .
2014 Luca's urge to shoot on film again couldn't be suppressed anymore . With going back to her roots, to do what she loves most, a promise was made: to do more. So HONEST. was born . A band of friends committed to building a community of artists, enthusiasts and idealists who are all bound by a deep passion for the pure and authentic art of film photography . At the heart of the concepts stands the print Magazine HONEST., dedicated to those who share the love for the character and soul that only film can deliver .
While promoting analogue photography, shooting mostly on film and constantly traveling the world she calls home, she enjoys great food (mostly vegetarian), drinks too much coffee and tries to see as many sunsets and sunrises as possible . Luca-Mercedes is well known for her motivational speeches, her stubbornness and her honesty . She loves to gaze at the night skies wondering what's out there while enjoying a good glass of Whiskey and wandering off into a world in between .
Luca-Mercedes Stemer - a visual storyteller .