Vienna is once again calling you fashion enthusiastics to enjoy the fashion week from the 12.9. -16.9.2012! This year´s focus is on Austrian labels – what fundamentally appeals to us. However we are also hoping for some cosmopolitan magic. Amongst others you will be able to see fashion from labels such as Callisti, with her feminine style, Ruins of Modernity, Anelia Peschev, Magdalena Adriane & m.a. menswear – presented by Faux Fox and always enchanting Elfenkleid.
Monthly Archives : July 2012
“Beauty is a matter of opinion. I love people with character, a natural attitude and charisma. People with rough edges; faces with stories.” Martina Woll, a German photographer initially started with an analogue camera, but abandoned her passion for a while until picking up a digital camera and falling again for what she loves. Her images show her soul – deep, sensual and touching.
Where does your love for photography come from?
Well, I don’t really know. It all started in 1999, when I bought my first camera-set, an analogue Minolta slr with 3 kit lenses. I tried a bit, but my pictures weren´t that good. So I stopped for a while until 2005 when I got my first digital camera. From that point my photographic ability increased, cause I could try out more things. To learn how to photograph, digital is much better than analogue – at least in my opinion. You can try out things without having so high costs. If the pictures are bad, you can delete them. With analogue, you have a negative of every picture, wether it’s good or bad and every negative also means more money. In 2007 I started to do analogue again and I love it. I have a lot of different cameras, 35mm and 6×6 medium format and each one has its own charme. But I still do also digital; it’s a matter of feeling. Mostly I do analogue, but sometimes digital if I feel like. Watching the work of other photographers helped me a lot to force up my own view. Photography is my passion, my life now. I couldn’t live without it anymore!
Your images are very sensual – how much of yourself is in your art?
I think there’s already a bit of myself in the pictures. Though, actually I am a shy and introverted person. But inside, I’m sure a sensual person and so I love natural and sensual photography to show all the beauty in an authentic and esthetic way.
What makes someone beautiful?
Beauty is a matter of opinion. I love people with character, a natural attitude and charisma. People with rough edges; faces with stories.
You also work with analogue cameras and this is a big trend at the moment. Do you think that this will pass by?
I hope not! It’s important that people continue working with analogue cameras and film! Wether it’s lomography as the more fun part of analogue photography or the “real” analogue film photography. It hopefully will live forever. Analogue photography is much more intensive for me than digital. It’s slower and it’s a real feeling of creating something, – even more if you develop the films by yourself like I do. It’s great and exciting to mix the ingredients for developing and to see the negatives after that, when you can catch the pale silhouettes of the motives you photographed. For every chance I get, I want to bring people closer to analogue photography, no matter if they have just started photography or if they have been within the business for a long time.
Who is it that you want to appeal to with your work?
Everyone, although I’m just shooting with beautiful young girls most of the time. But I also do portraits of men, kids, families, pregnancy, artists, couples, weddings … I want to show the natural side of them. In most studios there is too much retouching done so at the end there is no more personality within the picture anymore. It’s a beauty shot, not more. I would love to do those intensive character portraits of foreign people you can find outside on the streets; street photography and reportages. But as I wrote before … I am a shy person, but I hope to manage this some day!
What makes you happy? What makes you sad?
When people respect each other that makes me happy. I love beeing together with my family. I love the sun, the sea, mountains, watching clouds at day, watching stars at night. Sad things like seeing or reading about accidents, war, cruelty towards animals and lonesome (old) people makes me sad. I could cry when I see an old fragile granny walking lonely down the streets or sitting at the window looking outside. There can be a hundred of family members waiting in her house, but seeing her alone is enough for me to get sad, to imagine that she’s the lonliest person in the world. Well and then sad movies and Tv-shows of course ;)
Enjoy this adventurous look back at our beautiful “Wonderland” Issue #26. This time we have selected the dreamy editorial “Brighton” photographed by London based Alena Jascanka and with the styling done by Marina German. We ♥ !
Whether night or day, be it in natural light or indoors, at the seaside or lit up by the flash of the camera, Nicola Casini manages to let his ideas flow – unrestrained by conventions and guided only by his passion for photography, he lets the female body express his visions. The spontaneousness of his photos is authentic, there’s none of the rigidity of a carefully scripted set.
Talking to Nicola on various occasions, it’s become clear to me that his best ideas are born during sleepless nights spent retouching work-related photos, but also from casual moments in good company, far from the photographer’s trade. The sudden recollection of a place, a glass of wine and the look of a woman on his mind may make him jump in the car and drive to a spot (leaving for the model to choose her clothes and expressions) where he never fails to evoke a unique impression.
Having been a huge Kollektiv Turmstrasse fan for years now, I am more than happy to hear about their latest EP and digital release “Ordinary”. Ordinary is not ordinary but a charming, light-footed track as expected by Nico Plagemann and Christian Hilscher. And they have another reason for celebration – their label “Musik gewinnt Freunde” celebrates its 6 years existence – well done, guys!
I <3 electru is one of the German blogs that you should really know. Berlin based Thang Dai, who is behind this project writes about everything he likes… and yeah-us too! You can find “sex for your ears”, “Fashion ‘n’ Style” and beautiful selected “eye candies” from all over the world. It is certainly worth to check out his site and be inspired…
Describe yourself with 3 words…
bon vivant, moody and sometimes ordinary. (oh, more than three)
I <3 electru is a blog about popculture, photography, fashion, sex and lovely music. I usually ask the question to people : what are the 5 things that they cannot live without. Would it be those things for you?
A very good and tough question. I can’t live without: [ placeholder ]
How do you choose the content for your site?
Browsing through my feed reader, taking time for reader suggestions, looking for some new stuff in my favorite flickr groups, tumblr around or searching on my favorite sources like “if you leave”.
What fascinates and excites you the most about blogging?
The contact with other bloggers, but especially with artists, photographer, filmer or talented new musicians – and also to agencies, who are desperately trying to place their clients on my blog for free. The same shit as every day.
Do you also have any critical view about the whole blogging scene?
I really don’t like the not linking culture in the blogosphere and not mentioning of the original sources. also the lame double postings on plattforms like DYT, just for some sucking blog rankings.
And how do you deal with critics from your readers?
Which critical comments? I ignore and delete them all. ;-) just a joke. Most of the critics are posted under sponsored posts, that’s sad but I try to handle it by explaining my point of view on advertorials.
How much of the “real Thang Dai” is on I <3 electru?
One fuckin’ hundred percent.
One thing that really catched my attention on your site is that you also show your own images from events and places you have been to and that were taken with an analogue camera. I find that pretty cool especially in a time where no one seems to have time for anything anymore – and much less to be waiting for developing images. Of course now there are a lot of people especially in the arts field going back to the analogue way. How come you still photograph a lot analogue also for private pleasure?
It’s a passion. A real love. I’m just doing it the good old-fashioned way, because of the fascinating and mostly surprising results with different cameras and different films. It feels a little bit like puzzling by tryal and error. Furthermore I love the quiet noise in analogue portraits.
What inspires you for your work and for your life?
All the people, who inspire me. It could be everyone.
At the moment you divide your life between Berlin and Wiesbaden. Berlin is so hyped at the moment. Quite rightly in your opinion? And why?
Yes, for me in person it is. The multicultural society with its various types of people, the very different hoods, crazy arty farty exhibitions, exploding music scene with his concerts, tons of bars, clubs and open airs, varying food possibilities for all tastes – all of these aspects are making Berlin worth living.
In 5 years you want to…
…settle down in life and stop acting like a fool in some situations.
The essence of life is…
…is to live, find inner peace and realize the own dreams.
“The spirit of my life is capturing the youth of those around me and forever doing that.” The images of the 19-year young photographer Rebekah Campbell spread the vibe of moments of reckless liveliness and unobserved spontaneity. And we love that.
What does photography mean to you?
To me, portraying myself in something solid, something that will forever be painted in time, is quintessential. Photography lets me freeze instances; I let others see myself and people close to me without letting them all the way in.
What camera do you use?
For my digital work I use a hand-me-down Nikon D2H (I hope to update soon) and for my film work I use many different ones! A Pentax K1000, Yashica Electro, Nikon F5, Holga, the list goes on.
Where do you see yourself in a few years?
In a few years I hope to have my BFA from my school and moving to a place that will give me a job. Working and doing what I love with people that will inspire me.
The perfect picture is….?
The perfect picture makes you call up the photo itself instead of a story.
The spirit of your life is?
The spirit of my life is living for the Creator who made me and never ceasing to create art and stories and depictions of my life. Capturing the youth of those around me and forever doing that.
“Realise your talent or what you’re good at and do something about it. Go out, let the world know and don’t let yourself or other people dissuade you” Inspiring words by the London based artist Kulvinder Dhillon, who enjoys drawing bodies, curves, lines and angles of various poses…
When did you start drawing?
From as early as I can remember but after studying and working in fashion design, about five years ago I became more interested in illustration. My interest and drawing skills developed, and since then have realised my style, made it distinctive and found a direction that feels natural.
Why erotic illustrations?
Well, my body of work isn’t all fuelled on eroticism, I think a lot of my work it is quite tame – but I guess there is a strong presence of sexual suggestiveness amongst other things. It also turns out I draw naked women well and better than men! I just find the female form much more interesting to draw and almost everyone loves to look at it. I enjoy drawing bodies, curves, lines and angles of various poses. Many of the girls in the illustrations aren’t overtly explicit but they aren’t that shy either.
Where do you see yourself in a few years?
Having my own studio space would feel like a luxury. To have reached a wider audience and have some great commissions to my name would be satisfying.
The most important thing in life is?
To find your purpose in life. Realise your talent or what you’re good at and do something about it. Go out, let the world know and don’t let yourself or other people dissuade you. There are many that go through a lifetime of never quite knowing what they are best at, but if you discover it and love it, then work hard and pursue it – not missing out on of course – love, family, friends and good times :)
The landscape of the mountains and the sea is not familiar scenery for me since I only grew up by watching it on TV or magazines. For me, the trees between tall buildings are more familiar. Every time I thought about this matter, I felt a distance between my ‘ideal’ and the ‘reality’ term of nature. This made me think deeply about what the ideal of nature landscape really is.
I’ve always thought that Seoul is a place where everything changes and builds rapidly. It is because whether it’s artificial or not, I’ve seen quick changes and disappearances of nature in cities. Also, from my point of view, artificial lights that sparkle day and night make our city more fantastic.
During the process of taking pictures about the co-existence, I’ve started to think that this might be the landscape that I’ve always wanted to feel and share. That is why I started to focus on the artificial light and natural light between day and night. These many factors about city and nature are mixed up together to make a new landscape. This landscape is not only about a place where I find interest in, but it’s my way of showing the images of local communities in South Korea overall. These days, I’m more focusing on satellite towns between urban and rural areas. I find it interesting because it has become a weird place where it’s neither city nor country.
“In my town” series include my point of view on the spaces that I mentioned earlier. This obscure realm shows a new definition of landscape image between utopia and reality.
어릴 적부터 잡지나 TV에서 접하는 산과 바다의 자연풍경 들은 도시 속에서 자라오고 생활한 나에게 있어 흔하게 볼 수 있는 풍경이 아니었다. 오히려 빌딩사이에 있는 나무와 풀들이 더 친숙하고 자연스럽게 다가왔다. 그럴 때 마다 이상과 현실의 거리감이 느껴졌으며 ‘자연의 이상적인 풍경이란 과연 무엇인가?’의 대해서 고민을 시작하게 되었다.
서울은 모든 것들이 빠르게 생기고 변화하는 공간이라고 생각을 해왔었던 적이 많았다. 인위적이든 그렇지 않든 도시 속에 자연들이 빠르게 변하거나 사라지는 모습들을 많이 봐왔기 때문이다. 또한 낮과 밤 할 것 없이 계속해서 반짝이는 인공광은 도시를 조금은 환상적으로 만든다는 생각이 들었다. 이러한 요소들이 자연과 합쳐져 낯선 풍경을 만들기 보다는 나에게 익숙하고 편하게 다가왔으며 일반적인 도시와 자연의 풍경이 아닌 또 다른 도시풍경의 모습을 보여준다는 생각이 들었다.
사이에서 공존하는 풍경을 사진 속에 담아가는 과정 속에서 어쩌면 이것이 ‘내가 지금까지 느끼고 바라던 도시 속 자연의 풍경이 아닐까? 하는 생각을 하게 되면서 빛에도 주목을 하게 되었고 낯 과 밤의 사이, 인공광과 자연광의 요소들도 함께 다루게 된 것이다. 이러한 많은 요소들이 뒤엉켜서 새로운 풍경을 탄생시키고 있으며 이것은 한국사회의 지역 전반의 모습을 보여주는 것이기도 하다. 지금은 도심에서 더 나아가 도시와 농촌의 경계에 존재하지만 도시도 아니고 농촌도 아닌 기이한 형태의 위치한 위성도시들을 촬영 하고 있다.
The scenery between city and nature 시리즈는 도시와 자연 사이에서 발생되는 공간적인 모습들을 나만의 시각으로 담고 있다. 작품 속에서 현실이면서도 현실이 아닌 것 같은 모호한 영역들은 현실과 이상적인 유토피아 사이에서 생겨나는 또 다른 도시풍경의 모습들을 나타내고 있다.
all images: Jaewon kim (김재원) : In my town#10 120cm X 120cm Pigment Print_2009
Interview coordinated by Sohyung Kim @Artchive Studio Korea