What was the atmosphere like on set? And what was important for you as a photographer in order to create a safe space for the models?
It was all very relaxed. Everyone was taken good care of. That has been the general vibe and I guess also the idea of this project. For me as a photographer I had a lot of meetings and talks with the other creators and then also with the models before doing the shoots.
Let’s talk about Safe Space in general – Container Love’s main topic this winter: What is a Safe Space for you? And do you think it is important in today’s world and for the queer community?
Well, “safe space” has become a bit of a buzz-word in 2020, I suppose. I think it is important to remember that it means something different to everyone. It also depends on the context – I see “safe space” mentioned a lot in relation to queer parties, for instance. To be honest I have never felt very safe at such parties. Drugs, people and loud, angry music. That is more like my personal nightmare and not my safe space. To me, the first thing that springs to mind when I think of a “safe space” is a day with no plans. Dinner with friends or being alone in the woods, in my bathtub or doing work in my garden. Safe spaces are definitely important in today’s world but I think anywhere and everywhere should really be a safe space. I understand why sometimes it is necessary to get a moment’s peace but I think we as a queer community should be very careful with how we use and understand “safe spaces” so we do not end up using it as a tool to further isolate and distance us from people who do not share our views. A safe space should, in my opinion, be inviting – not excluding.
Tell us a bit more about working on Cornucopia. What was the work process like for you – and for the models who are captured in very intimate moments?
It has been very interesting. One of the key elements I guess has been time. Time to talk to the models and the crew about the project and the experience of it all. Nothing was rushed and I think that is very important in a setting like this. Of course I cannot speak for the models but they all let me knew that the shoots had been a good experience, which has been a bit of a confidence boost for me as a photographer as well. It can be quite nerve wrecking, photographing people you do not really know in an intimate setting, but now I know that it is something I can do and that I am actually pretty great at it.