What is the hardest part of capturing the dynamics of love?
For me, learning the rhythm of the person. Everybody has their own kissing rhythm. If there is a couple, they know each other, they already know the dynamics between them. But I’ve never seen them. I’m blank coming in, trying to catch the wave.
The hardest part is to catch their energy and to make sure that I celebrate it. Because that’s what I want: to celebrate the people I photograph, not forcing them into a position in which they’re not. There are no preconceptions about how I’m going to perceive these people, if the emotion goes this way, we go there, if it goes that way, we follow it there too. The important thing is that we’re going through this together.
Your photos feel almost like outtakes from a movie. If Kiss Kiss were a film, how would you describe its genre?
It’s everything. Maybe it is more like an opera or a ballet. It goes into high, goes into low, it goes everywhere. And it’s drama of course. It’s love.
I’m always curious, when I enter the room: who am I gonna meet, what’s the tension in there, how are we gonna orchestrate this opera? It’s all about cooperation and spontaneity. We don’t set up anything.
How do you handle intense emotions in your life – whether they are positive or negative ones?
I think, no matter how hard or how horrible or how uplifting they feel, I embrace all these emotions – but only in retrospect, not in the moment. One can experience things that his rational state of mind just can’t comprehend. There is a beautiful power within us that we have to embrace and cherish. These feelings, they can create so much beauty and change how we see the world.
What are stages of lovesickness that you’ve already experienced?
There are so many. Despair, anger, sadness, melancholy. There is also hunger for something that once was. When you’re lovesick, you’re still in the moment. You’re very much in the middle of something that doesn’t belong to your present anymore.
Do you believe that moments of love are unrepeatable?
No, I don’t think they are unrepeatable. And I don’t think they’re repeatable either. There are moments that will guide me for the rest of my life and I hope that I’ll get close to those feelings once again in the future. Of course, you can’t reproduce the exact same feeling, but I do believe that you can embody it in a different way, in other shapes.