Thomas Illhardt discovered the fascination for photography in the early 1980ies. Under the artistically guidance of the photographer Thomas Blie he created his first independent works. Since then the subject ‘photography’ is compensation for Illhardts creativity, though not with definite subject-matters by this time. When he discovered the first photo forums on the web in 2002 he finally was addicted to photography. Therewith his focus shifted: portrait, nude and the legacy of socialism, best all together, became key aspects of his work. But also landscapes are playing a prominent role in his photos.