Oskar Brandt, born 27 October 2002 in Berlin, Schöneberg is a German photographer, Designer, traveler, and entrepreneur who is famous for his travel photographs. Oskar is an influencer on Instagram with more than 30,000 followers. He is widely known on other social platforms as well.
Today, we get to know Oskar on a deeper level and find out what it is that makes this man tick. Rest assured, you’ll also gain a thing or two from this interview.
How did you get into what you do right now? Please tell us more about your journey?
I have been interested in engineering and technology since I was 5 years old. I have also been involved in politics and political parties for 8 years. Since I was a child I have always wanted to work for environmental protection, justice, and freedom. So I founded EXOGREEN in 2019 and I am socially and politically involved.
You might be wondering how I ventured into the world of photography. Well, My mother took me to a Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition when I was 7 years old. His photographs fascinated me so much that I decided to start taking pictures myself. At 9 years old I got my first camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3.
At the age of 11, I took several photography courses at the Design Academy Berlin. For my 13th birthday, I got the Nikon D5100 reflex camera and bought several lenses. With this camera, I shot my famous black and white photographs for my exhibition at the CO Berlin. In 2019 I published all my travel photographs on my Instagram account.
Do you have anyone you consider a role model?
As a matter of fact, I do. I have several though. I’ll list them out for you!
The first would be Elon Musk:
Elon is a renowned entrepreneur, inventor, and change maker, who has transformed modern technology. Musk owns multiple innovative companies, and he has constantly pushed our economy forward, and changed the environment for the better.
Second, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson:
Johnson’s humanitarian efforts to help children around the world and give back to the community make him compassionate. Outside the ring and the movie studios, Dwayne Johnson devotes his time and effort towards helping the youth. “…better known as ‘The Rock’ – channels his devotion to helping children through the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation.
Next would be Michelle Obama:
Prior to becoming the first African American First Lady of the United States and before she got married, Michelle graduated from both Princeton University and Harvard University (this eventually made her the third First Lady to possess a postgraduate degree). Michelle was a successful lawyer at the Sidley & Austin law firm of Chicago, Illinois where she met her future husband. She also held many public sector positions in the Chicago city government, such as Assistant to the Mayor and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. She is an icon of feminism! And a role model for us all!
Last but not least is Albert Einstein:
The greatest mathematician and physicist in our history! Science is knowledge and knowledge is power! Einstein’s theory of relativity is the cornerstone of our current understanding of the world.
Where Do You Get The Inspiration To Pursue Your Goals?
There are a lot of people who need help in our world and there are a lot of people out there doing their very best to give it to them. Every time I see someone working hard to create change or make life better for people I am inspired and honored to be part of the things that I can be.
I am really inspired by the possibility of change and how to seize that. I believe those things start with a combination of proving something is possible, telling the right people about it and then pick up the torch and carry on from there. The right way to think about it is by planting the seeds of what is possible and enabling a lot of people to go after it.
I am really inspired by Elon Musk. I think he gets people to think bigger and shoot for these outlandish feats that are good for humanity. Having people thinking about ideas that are audacious is a good thing to spur people on. I am not shooting to land people on Mars, but it’s good for people in general.
One of the reasons I love to travel is because I find new inspiration on each trip I take. When you travel, you not only encounter so many different cultures and ways of life, but you also meet so many new and interesting people who can teach you completely unexpected life lessons and be the inspiration for your next great idea. I have often come back from a trip with a completely fresh perspective on my business, and it helps me ensure we’re always innovating and being creative.
I am inspired by the fact that every day is a new day. I really think that there is an opportunity every day, especially when you are building a business. You never know what is going to come, and I get really excited when I wake up.
People who possess great intelligence and depth with an equal amount of humility. That combination is hard to come by. I find it very inspiring to be around people who are trying to live their best lives and evolve mentally and physically.
I believe that we were put on this earth to make the world a better place, and I believe that if we are capable of making the world around us better, we should. So, I think what inspires me is this deep belief that every day the world can be better — and to raise the bar of the standard of living for people.
Nature. I live right by a forest, and I am inspired by trees, the power of nature, and the reminder that we are just a small speck of sand in the larger universe. It puts everything in perspective.
Now that we’ve gotten to know you a little better can you tell us a little about your company?
EXOGREEN is an environmental company and NGO, which was founded in Berlin 2019 by Oskar Brandt. EXOGREEN works on new technologies to filter microplastic particles from rivers and oceans. Several prototypes have already been produced and are currently in the test phase. At the same time, EXOGREEN is producing online learning material to create environmental awareness among young people. 5% of every purchase is used to plant trees to help counteract climate change.
90% of each purchase is reinvested to promote EXOGREEN’s research. Today, EXOGREEN is one of the most innovative and unique companies in the world. We support environmental protection! We are the future of the seas and rivers! We are the future of water!
My black and white photographs are famous for their own design style. The highlight of my photographic career was the exhibition at CO Berlin. This was held for one month. After that, I specialized in holiday photography and shared it on my Instagram account! At the moment I am working on my own photo series of the problems of the 21st century. This will be published at the end of 2021 as an own photo book!