TRUSTING CURIOSITY

As the creator of some of the most haunting artworks that we’ve come across, Asger’s story is far from being usual. After featuring some of his photoshopped fever dreams on Container Love, we finally got the chance to sit down with the New York based photographer and media artist to talk about his career as a crime scene photographer, the frightening nature of normalization and how living in a world of woe can lead us to do great things.

A WAY TO REMEMBER

„In order to create imagery like this, I needed people to trust me” – while the world stood still during the pandemic, Rob Tennent spent months traveling around New Zealand, taking pictures for his simply gorgeous photobook, I’M GOING TO MISS YOU. In conversation with Container Love, the Auckland-based photographer told us about his take on remembrance, the shutter sound that made him fall in love with 120mm film and the strangest summer that will stay with us until the days that we die.

WHEN TWO BODIES COLLIDE

Celebrating the anomaly that is love – there were so many questions that we wanted to ask director & photographer Mees Peijnenburg ever since we first saw images from his hopefully never-ending series, Kiss Kiss. We are very happy that we’ve finally got a chance to sit together with Mees to discuss kissing strangers, love’s dynamics and the tenderness that lies within the natural brutality of a kiss.

SOME KIND OF MAGIC MOMENT

There are multiple reasons why Stuart Sandford has become one of our favorite contemporary british creators. A lot of things have happened since he first has been featured on Container Love and we couldn’t be happier coming back to him on the occasion of his new photo book, THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS IN BED. We sat down with the multimedia artist to talk about sexuality, polaroids and the demystification of love.

BOYS MAKE ME SAD SOMETIMES

"Boys make me sad sometimes so I paint about it" – painter Wojciech Wos likes to describe his work as love-orientated. The polish artist told us about the magic of the last brushstrokes, moving to Berlin in the middle of a pandemic and how not to lose our ability to share our warmth as we get older and more experienced.

LOVE IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL

"Love for me is the powerful, relentless, terrifying letting go of fear" – painter Daniel Marin Medina doesn’t seek perfection, but enlightenment and happiness through his art. In conversation with Container Love, the colombian artist told us about his enthusiasm for the human body and how he keeps mapping sexuality through his work.

YOU DO YOU AND I DO ME

We're in love with the work of Warsaw based photographer and video maker Leo Maki. So we asked for more – and Leo delivered. He sent us an exclusive selection from his GUYS N STUFF series. And if that isn't enough for you, we also had a lovely chat with him about his work, his style, inspiration in Corona times and about NARCISSISM, our LOVE OF THE MONTH. 

NORMALISING REALNESS

"I photograph the unposed, the raw. Flaws and all. All walks of life’’ – photographer Zeno Spyropoulos catches the sacred moments of intimacy like no one else does. In conversation with the Berlin-based photographer, he told us about his recently released photobook, the thin red line between seeking love and seeking acceptance and why we are hiding from reality on both sides of the camera.

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! GOES MAGAZINE

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! goes magazine. And we love it! We had a little chat with founder and director Ghislain Pascal from THE LITTLE BLACK GALLERY and asked him to tell us a little more about the project. Get a first glimpse at the magazine here. And then go get it! 

LOVE IS A DRUG THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK US

We are completely in love with the work of New York based photographer Shane Reynolds. We already featured a beautiful selection of his works. But we wanted more! So we had a lovely little chat with him about his work and his inspiration, about narcissism, our LOVE OF THE MONTH, and of course about love.

BEYOND THE CAMERA

"Inviting – not excluding." When we asked photographer Birk Thomassen for his definition of Safe Space, this was his answer. An invitation is an offer to someone, a friend or a stranger, to visit or participate in a project or adventure. And so we're inviting you to sit down with us and enjoy reading our little interview with Birk.

THE QUIET NEXT TO THE LOUD

If you google the keyword honesty, it describes a quality of always telling the truth. Or in other words, not telling the untruth in any form. One who shows us how to capture this quality and what it feels like to be true and not hide is photographer Spyros Rennt. We had a little interview with him and talked about his new book LUST SURRENDER.

THE CITY IS A CHOREOGRAPHY

Everything is in constant motion. Things do not remain for eternity. People come and go. Buildings come and go. Cities come and go. Change is good - mostly. Amsterdam based photographer Melissa Schriek has faced this constant change. In her book THE CITY IS A CHOREOGRAPHY she explores the city and the relationship to their residents.

MY TWO LIVES IN ONE BOOK

In his new book, Florian Hetz puts together two images – two worlds, a dialogue between two opposites or two photos that tell a story. We did a little interview with him to dive into his universe and to hear what he has to say about his new book ZWEI.

EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL

His use of color and contrast makes Nana's images look almost iconic. He currently focuses on boyhood years, masculinity, social acceptance and self-confidence. Well, we had a little chat with him. Welcome to the world of photographer Nana Yaw Oduro.

MAYBE WITH A BIT OF POETRY

Chloe Rosser is a photographer living in London. In her series FORM & FUNCTION, Chloe transforms the body into fleshy sculptures that allow her and us to look at the human body differently. We had a few questions about the project and about Chloe's work in general.

THIS IS NOT THE END

Asaf Einy's pictures remind us of documentaries about places we always wanted to travel to. The colors, the settings, the moments of his art are captivating, so you just want to be right in the middle of this moments.

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

THE MUXES OF OAXACA – a longterm project by Mexican photographer Nelson Morales is about the Muxe community of Oaxaca. Muxes are considered the third genre in Mexico. And of course we had some questions about this project.

SOME KIND OF FANTASY STORY

Alexan Sarikamichian, the director of "Cosmos", our LOVE OF THE MONTH in July, was born and raised in Argentina. He began his career as a producer with more than 10 short and feature films and music videos. In 2016 he started his career as a director. We had a little conversation with him.

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! is a new book edited by Ghislain Pascal and published by teNeues and Mendo. It presents a contemporary collection of queer and gay photography, full of variety, power and intensity. It features more than 50 queer and gay photographers from 20 countries.

WHAT’S UP, LOVE?

Hi to our Interview-Quickie, a WhatsApp chat with the creators of Container Love exhibitions. No rules, no grammar. Allowed is text & pictures, emojis & emotions.

NO BOYS NO GIRLS NO NOTHING

Laurence Philomène is a photographer, director and curator living in Montreal/Toronto. Working around themes of color theory, queerness and gender identity, they turn all gender stereotypes into oblivion.

THE IMAGE IN MY HEAD

We are in love with Manuel Scrima, a talented artist from Milano who got into many fields of creative work since he was a child. And he has never really stopped: from documentary to fashion photography, from video making to directing, he does it all.

THE ME AND THE DAEMONIEN

Stefan Gunnesch is a Leipzig based communications designer we have been following for a while, stunned by his play with abstraction and anonymization of the human body with techniques of collage, painting, and drawing.

HYPNOTIZE ME, BIRK

Birk Thomassen has a remarkable eye for intimate and sexually charged moments. With his distinct visual language and documentary look, he is able to create a delicate atmosphere of sensuality that puts the viewer into a strangely nostalgic state. In one word: hypnotizing.

THE BATH TIME DIARIES

Welcome to the wonderful word of the imperfection. Immerse with us into the analogue universe of Annika Weertz and her view on breaking gender stereotypes. So sit down, open the window for a little kiss by the sun and put on an old record of Janis Joplin.

WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE

Daantje Bons is a fine art photographer working and living in Utrecht. She began her photography career at the age of sixteen when she started studying at the Art Academy of Antwerp and graduating in 2008.

THE BRIGHTEST SIDE OF SOUL

With is photographic style, so-called Neo Classic Photography, Italian-born photographer and artist Andrea Galad creates a mystical universe that reflects his soul. Sometimes dark, sometimes full of love and light, but always with a touch of magic.

THE UNVARNISHED VIEW

Despite - or just because - of her young age, Karolina Hanulak conveys her intimate emotions in playful, uncompressed moments. We really like Karolina's "unvarnished" view on the human body and ask her to tell something about her work and life.

MAN IS NATURE

We found photographer Anderson Zomer in the vastness of Instagram and wanted to know more about him because we deeply fell in love with his current project. So welcome to the world of container love, Anderson.

I’M NOT MALFUNCTIONING, YOU ARE

We are big fans of Athens-born photographer Kostis Fokas. His progressive view on male erotica and beauty is confusing, absurd, and funny. With his distinctive sense for changing the perspectives, every part of the body is captured beautiful and sexy.

LOVE IS THE ONLY CURE

Armando Frezze Durand is an artist based in Buenos Aires. He focuses his work on the graphic study of masculinity by exploring and capturing the image of his closest environment and then materializing it in individual or collective samples, books, and short films.

THE XXY INTERVIEW

Rainer Torrado is a photographer & art director who is living and working between Paris, Hong Kong, and Madrid. He regularly contributes to international fashion magazines. We talked about his stunning project THE XXY GENERATION with him.

LOVE AMBASSADOR 2017

Life’s like a carousel – spinning around and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round… Always forth. Never stop… In this spirit, we proudly present you the launch of our new Container Love profile accompanied by Instagram darling Marcel aka karussellfahrt.

WHY NOT MAKE SOME PICS?

Anton Shebetko is an Ukrainian artist and photographer based in Amsterdam whose work is mostly weird and funny, sometimes gentle and intimate, but always focused on LGBT-related topics. And that we dig a lot.

DON’T CALL THEM SEXY

If you look Sven Serkis’ long-term project ADAM'S FRUIT, you’ll mostly see bodies. "I often reduce my nudes as far until there are no differences anymore and in this way, we are all equal.", he said. We love his existentially unique and quintessentially nude style.

GENDER IS A SPECTRUM

Photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert published his first book in 2016. Through his intimate portraits and in combination with interviews he creates a new insight into the community which he supports through his platform for trans- and genderqueer people.

BOYS

Rebecca Ruetten, Berlin-based photographer, and nomad artist. She is spot on covering a variety from renaissance inspired fast food series, discovering the punk scene of Myanmar to breaking gender stereotypes with her series "Boys" and was part of the Container Love 4.

LOVE ON THE BEAT

Daria Nelson is a Russian soul from Ukraine, now based in Paris, turning her dreams into reality. She feels strongly about tolerance, equal rights and respect for people and blessed us with this beautiful series about overcoming gender boundaries.