There is such an overall presence of masculinity throughout your work, captured in a very intimate yet casual way. How would you define masculinity?
Wow, I think it’s bigger than me to define. I think masculinity is always changing and broadening its limits- you can see it in queer culture and in representation of it in the media, tv and cinema. I can define what is so interesting for me about it- it’s that tension that guys share with each other, boys share with their brother and father- that psychological void that is full of unspoken feelings and desires. I’m not talking about gay tension, i’m talking about that imprint of history and education on guys that is so deep that its shaping the way they talk and act. Add to that tension the visible and aesthetic way guys choose to present their selves in the world and you get this endless puzzle of what “male” is.
What is the perfect picture for you? And what ingredients does it need?
No such thing. I think a really good picture is one that you can’t predict how good it’s going to be when you shoot it. the real ingredients is magic. I really like photos that feel autonomous. I don’t need any other information other than the one given to me from looking at it. it’s a whole world.
Container Love’s mission is to highlight the beauty in diversity, to change views on love and the body, and to stand up for more tolerance. Do your pictures have a message that fits into the Container Love universe?
I’m not sure to be honest haha. I think I have a relatively small and reduced world in my photography. But it’s a process, I want to open my photography to new places, new communities, new body types and beauty, to queerness.
Let’s take a look into the future: Do you have a picture of yourself in 10 years?
I really don’t. Hopefully not in a world with a pandemic! I just hope to be satisfied with my life, having a roof over my head and take pictures with the same passion i have today.
Famous last words?
This isn’t the end.
Thank you very much for your thoughts.
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