photographer / Juergen lenhardt
hair & make up / Corine Spies
model / Gentian n. ismaili
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? What did you want this to say to your audience?
My intent with this series was to represent a slightly cool and inapproachable beauty editorial with a man, which is not quite as conventional.
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artists together to create a cohesive look? How do you pick the right team?
If several creative minds get together to create something, of course, a common denominator has to be found in order to efficiently and effectively achieve set goals. For me, a common wavelength and courtesy are necessary as well as being crucial in order to insure that personal vanities do not play a role. This is an essential criterion for which I decide with whom I want to work.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
As in a novel or film, a certain dramaturgy must also be considered in an editorial. Purportedly, most young photographers think in dramatic single pictures in which they try to articulate everything, instead of as a frame in a continuous and coherent story. For example in addition to the introduction, build-up to the climax and the conclusion, a subtle and descriptive narrative is of equal importance.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
This is rather difficult to define for me. People tell me over and over that a particular image defines my typical style, and that it is self-evident. For my part, I can only say that I intuitively see each picture as I shoot it and it’s not a big question for me (or even an option) to capture the moment and present it differently. If I had to classify myself, I would probably define my style as „morbid romanticism.“
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
I prefer to be behind the camera in order to create something from that perspective and to tell a story.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
I believe I can empathize with people, this helps to provide me with access to the subject and their situation when shooting. This empathy is perhaps in turn in everyday life a hindrance, because it tends makes me vulnerable.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
Fashion and beauty editorials should not be construed as a representation or model of reality. Rather, they are a pure exaggeration and Idealization. Striving to attain perfection in real life is indeed rooted in the nature of man, but not with this one should not identify with this „hyper-reality“ let alone try to emulate it. As a
real human you can only lose!
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
It is not a secret – nonetheless it is really advisable to distance yourself from everything from time to time and not to take it all too seriously. Friends and nature bring me back to myself.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
It is quite different. Depending upon my sentiments and what I am trying to do photographically, it varies from quiet and slow to loud and fast. Sometimes I just enjoy the silence.
10. Words to live by?
Your past never defines your future.