First of all: How are you? What did you do before starting to answer this interview? We are a bit curious where in the world you might be right now and what you are working on.
Hi! I’m in Montreal (in Canada, where I live), and right now I’m in the middle of moving into a new apartment so that’s mostly what I’ve been spending my time doing! Aside from that, I am slowly working on a retrospective book which will be published with editions lemaitre in Paris later this year.
Let me tell you, that we were very grateful to show your non-binary portraits in the last two years at the Vogelball, Dockville and Reeperbahn Festival. And we really like to see that the Hamburg connection is not breaking up – just because I am not part of the game anymore. You deliver the artwork for this year’s Vogelball – how comes?
Vogelball reached out to me about collaborating on artwork for this year’s festival so that’s how that happened! Most of the international work I do I get just from people reaching out to me via email and asking me to work with them, I’m very grateful for it.
Let’s make a short trip to the past. What or who was your first motive when did you start with photography?
I started taking photography more seriously when I was around 13-14, I was collecting these dolls called Blythe dolls and took pictures of them that I would upload online on Flickr, so those dolls where my first muse. Around that age I really used photography as an escape, kind of as a way to create my own little universe I could exist in.
Becoming an artist – was that totally clear to you from the beginning? Or did you have any other visions and dreams when you were a child? And what does that tell us about you?
I always wanted to be an artist in one form or another – when I was little I would write little books all the time, I thought I would become a writer, but I was always carrying cameras around so I think it was pretty clear from a young age that I’d be a photographer. I think what this says about me is that I’ve always been obsessed with documenting different aspects of my life.
Since we first took notice of your work, I always had the feeling of seeing your work everywhere. You seem to be very busy and always on the go. Or am I wrong about it? How is that for you?
I’m a workaholic so you’re not wrong!! Recently I took a week off for the first time in years…I think I’m a little bit addicted to photography, it keeps me going and if I’m not working on a million projects at once I don’t know what to do with myself. It’s probably not good but there’s worse coping mechanisms out there I guess? I have adhd so my brain is always going super fast, thinking of a new idea every minute.