What did you do before starting to answer this interview? We are curious how your day may look like.
Right now, it is Saturday morning and I am actually out of my routine. My boyfriend is visiting over the weekend and usually we just hang out in bed, have coffee, get dressed and go to the markets but today, he is meeting a friend and so I decided to go to a small coffee place around the corner. I’m sat right here, outside with a big cappuccino, listening to Nick Cave to blend out the traffic noises — it’s not the best place to sit outside, but it is a beautiful day and close to where I live.
What was your first motive when did you start with photography?
Oh, I have to go way back in time for that. The first things I can remember taking photos of are our horses. When I was really young my parents separated and a few years later we moved in with my mum’s new partner and he lived on a farm with lots of horses.
Looking at your pictures you feel very close to your models. That brings your pictures on a very authentic, very warm and peaceful level. How do you create these moments?
That is probably down to me mostly photographing my friends or people that I know. If I don’t know the person at all, I make a bit of an effort to get to know them at least a bit. Have a coffee before or talk via the various messengers that are out there. I don’t need much time to get a reliable impression of a person or gauge whether taking photographs of them will work for me or not. If I don’t feel we are on the same wave length, I rather not take the picture. That obviously only goes for personal work.
Also, while actually taking the pictures I would like to think I am not forcing people to concentrate on anything much — unless I want something specific. If I just sit down for portraits without a certain idea, I let them talk and ramble about whatever they want. It helps them to loosen up, I can observe through the viewfinder. I rarely give too specific instructions. I like to let them move about, feel comfortable, get lost in their heads for a while.
Looking at your pictures it feels sometimes like browsing in old a diary or photo album. Your style has something very compelling and documentary, maybe even nostalgic – but that is just my very own personal perception. How would you describe your work yourself?
That is a very nice observation. I always wondered whether someone saw or felt that, too. In my opinion that varies though and depends on the series you are looking at. In my Videotape series, it is definitely the case, it is a personal documentation, a diary if you like. The nostalgic touch is something I like to incorporate in every picture though.
So, back to the actual question: How would I describe my work? I would say it is personal, intimate, relatable, direct, very often very grainy and a bit harder to place because I like to avoid technical devices that give away what day and age we are living in.