“Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides”. “Mermaid” is a beautiful dreamy Editorial featuring Alina Preiss and Lisa Maier from Munich Models photographed by German based Sebastian Lang for the C-Heads Summer Issue #29.
Category : Photography
”I like to collect things. What I’m doing is collecting the moments I want to remember.” tells me Miri Matsufuji, a blogger from Tokyo, Japan. Us humans want to keep things, keep memories. And experience and observe about other people´s life and memories. So we really like looking at Miri´s collection of moments, full of youth, life and fun and for a moment you feel like being part of her world…
You like to take pictures because?
I guess it’s because I like to collect things. I keep everything, like tickets, flyers, receipts and sometimes garbage, too. So what I’m doing is collecting the moments I want to remember.
When people hear Japan they often connect this to very hard working people with little time – but when looking at your images it shows a generation full of fun. Is the “real picture” somewhere in between?
Of course they’re all real. And I am very hard working person with little time for making my life looks fun.haha
Some time ago you said you are also going to start a band – how is it going with this? And what kind of music do you guys play?
Umm, it never happened yet. Sorry.
Your dreams for your life?
The last goal of my life would be living in the woods or by the ocean with lots of dogs.
Your biggest fear?
5 things you cannot live without?
family, my dog, traveling, the internet and friends. I don’t know. My answer is so boring!
All images and video via www.mirimatsufuji.blogspot.co.at
“Tiger Eyes” is the super cool covershot featuring Liza Serpova and Miles photographed by Marc Hibbert for C-Heads “We Don´t Care” Issue #27. Great styling with some eye-catching pieces by Marina German, make-up by Joey Choy and hair by Hayday Hayashi.
“There’s nothing cooler than one being comfortable with themselves. People like that are hard finds.” states Marili André, when I ask her about what makes someone beautiful. The fabulous fashion photographer and filmmaker who has left her home Crete, Greece for her new base in London, a place that is constantly changing, convinces with a gorgeous and very strong, expressive picture language. We are pleased to find out a bit more about her thoughts on photography, her dreams, and figured out that she has yet another great talent…
What does beauty mean to you – and what makes someone beautiful in your eyes?
Will I sound predictable saying, there’s nothing cooler than one being comfortable with themselves? People like that are hard finds.
A good model has to?
Be playful, confident and has sense of humour. To me, while shooting the connection between model and photographer is more crucial than anything else.
A good photographer needs to?
Have power, opinion, and the ability to also work well within a team. A fashion photographer should never let his roll been taken over by the comforts of a big hard working team.
You are based in London, – a great city – what inspires you most over there?
I think London is constantly changing. Youth from all around the world is crossing the UK borders everyday. This however effects dramatically its consistency.
Do you think we become a different person, if we live in a different place?
I feel that strongly within myself. What effects us more than our actual environment / surroundings? I came to realise this while spending some time in Paris this year. I experienced a totally different mentality and made my moves within a totally different pace.
Just watched some videos of you singing – wow fantastic voice, are you planning to focus more on music instead of photography at one point? Or is it already something that you are very focused on right now as well?
Music has always been a thing in my head, but never got to actually do something about it till this year. I’m currently in an Electro Pop band called Televised Cryptids playing around London and i’m kind of working on my own stuff too.
As a child you always wanted to?
I wanted to do everything. I still do.
What are you dreaming about nowadays?
The ultimate independence.
The most important thing for you in life is?
All images and video by Marili André
Do you know the feeling when you feel a strong connection to someone without ever having met? This is the way I feel after scrolling through Stefany Alves blog, looking at her enchanting images. There is something so fragile, yet strong and expressive about her work – something that touches and captures you. I could sit forever and scroll down her Public Diary and get carried away within her beautiful visual world and likewise deep and poetic thoughts about life:
“Life is a bittersweet bewilderment. Oh my, what do you want to do before you leave? Take a last gulp of beer? love and be loved? survive? I know what I want and it is not possible to concretise. Because we were born for it.. it’s predestinated to all of us. There’s no way out. It’s rather a bit or a lot of struggle until ‘we are out’. “
Tell us something important about yourself?
Important? Well I am not quite sure even if I am important. I guess this…I tend to be a pessimist sometimes … and I drink loads of latte (this doesn’t seem important though).
Your images are adorable, beautiful, they also have something soft and fragile about them. Does your work reflect a lot the way you see yourself and the world or is it just about visual beauty?
Thank you. As you mentioned ‘fragile’ I can relate, I do see myself as a fragile person. However the world I portray it’s not exactly how I see life, perhaps that is why I tend to convey a bit of beauty or at least try to, on my pictures because I don’t really think ‘real life’ is that beautiful.
You must have recently finished your degree in photography, right? What´s next for you?
Actually I am on my 2rd year of Fine Art (Photography) so I still got one year left. I have to start planning what I shall do next and, this is a big issue for me.
Originally you are from Brazil, but you live in London now – how has your new home influenced your life and your personality?
Hm yes. I guess the enviroment we live in always have an effect on ourselves. I guess I have changed in many different ways, the way I think, how I dress and so on. But then as years pass we automatically change. I guess London made me more analytical.
You also have this blog called Public diary – are you actually still doing that now? As you posted a comment there once that you wouldn´t continue posting as you were upset about the obligatory interface change?
Haha, yes. I hate such changes, but life is like this we gotta fit in.. go with the flow. So I am getting used to the new interface now, the urge to document and express myself was bigger than my hate for the new interface.
What makes you happy and what makes you sad?
Happy..well happiness is a bit complex and relative to me. But there are things which makes me smile and feel good such as nice pictures :), flowers, stars, old things, songs, people (just a few) and my cat. There are loads of things that makes me sad..death, hunger, pain, ah humanity (but then I cant generalize right). :)
Your inspirations for work and life?
Nature, love, sunshine, old movies, sense of humour, books, photographers and photographs, bloggers and vloggers, John Fante, tea, floral wallpapers, diaries, 50s and so many other little things.
All images by Stefany Alves
“Images where you don´t feel the presence of the photographer, instead you almost feel that the image is talking to you directly. ” is what a good image has to have for Swedish photographer Anton Renborg. Looking at his work I feel that he has achieved that – ” the natural and magic feeling of nothing in between”. So Anton told me more about what has inspired him most lately, about the development of his enchanting book Notices de la Corse and what his best life lesson has been so far. And moreover – let´s let his images speak for themselves…
How would you describe your own work?
I don´t prepare my self too much and I try not to interact too much with my objects, I very much rely and believe in something pure at a first meeting.
I would like to describe it as unpretentious, maybe somewhere close to a photo album that you can find in people s home, taken by ” amateurs ” but with a twist and touch of something a little surreal and unpredictable and hopefully at the same time, honest. I don´t know if anything of this comes across, it´s hard for me to judge, looking at my own visuals. Hopefully people see or feel something and maybe something else, that I´m not able to put into words myself.
And how much of your own personality is in your work?
I believe that only me growing and understanding more about myself and my personality can help me progressing also within my work, – how to handle myself so that I don´t ruin what I want to capture or couldn´t predict. Also how to take a turn, convince, or sometimes let go. I think that it has very little to do with anything else ( in my case ). But of course you can find parts of my personality within my interest and within what objects I pick and how I “choose” to portray things.
What does a good picture have to have in your eyes?
Images where you don´t feel the presence of the photographer, instead you almost feel that the image is talking to you directly. Free from camera work. It can be anything by anyone, but it has that natural and magic feeling of nothing in between, and you just enjoy it and it effects you for some reason in one or another way.
The thing that has inspired you the most lately – workwise and also in your private life?
Working in France on and off for the past five months on a project related to rugby ( Campaign for Société Général, an ongoing project as we speak, together with great and inspiring people from Fred Farid and 5 Etoiles – Paris ) A sport that I knew very little about from the start, but who´s people and culture I have learned to love and respect almost instantly. There´s a lot of beauty and also everyday´s life to learn and be inspired from, – things that you are passionate about.
Well I´ve spent almost more time in France than in Sweden lately, so it´s got to be the cliché, great, great food and the fact that I have made some new, good and interesting friends.
Tell us a little bit more about your book Notices de la Corse, which is a personal project that you did together with graphic designer Jesper Örtegren and shows images of Corsica that you took with your analogue camera over a time period of 5 years. When you started taking the images did you already think of making that book or the idea just developed over the years? And are you planning on doing more such things in the future?
I could feel just by looking through the car window, driving from the airport the first time I landed on the island, that there was something special about this place that attracted me. After doing some small studies, reading about the history of Corsica and its people and there own way of dealing with things up until today, I knew that this was a place for me.
I went to Corsica several years in a row shooting for one specific client and I always made sure to have my camera close, driving from one location to another. The more I discovered of the island, the more time I spent on my own, just driving randomly, meeting people and discovering places always taking notes with my camera. I started analogue in 2007 but the second half of the project is with a digital camera, with a post very similar to the analogue film Kodak NC that I used to work on.
It was many years later that I really had the time to sit down and realised that I had to do something with all this material. I presented the work to Jesper who liked the idea. He helped me taking 600 images down to a hundred and with his design he really helped me make the notes / diary come alive.
Yea, me and the Art Director Romain Lehur from Fred Farid, are working ( beside the SG Campaign ) on material captured along the road among the society of rugby, hopefully it will also develop into a book in the near future.
Where do you wanna go with your life?
Working as a photographer, my life has been very much about “fragments “, very intense, interesting people and crazy places, but short, most of the time it´s been ” in and out “.
Today, and the last years, I really started to appreciate some stability. ( besides the fact that I´m a father of three wonderful kids, still living with and loving their mother – Yea believe it or not haha ) Before that, I have always challenged faith and my aims were most of the time ahead of the game, around the next corner, never really satisfied. When all goes well, I would like to keep and build something that could be a part of me and my family and why not for the rest of my life.
5 things you cannot live without?
Of course my family, we´re six including cat and dog. But about other things, I´m really not attached to stuff, it might sound odd these days, but not even my camera. Most things I hope I could live without.
The best life lesson…
My mum always used to say – make sure you take good care of small wounds and poor friends. But I don´t know, I guess I´ve done too many stupid things in my life and l have learned very much the ” hard or not very clever ” way. Hard to pick one specific lesson, it´s the result of many small mistakes and a few big ones.
All images by Anton Renborg
The analog pictures of Spanish photographer Diego Diez are full of inspiring youth and the awesome side of life. The work on his tumbrl site has initially just been a “private thing” to show images he took during the summer of his close friends Diana & Favsto. But thanks to god someone discovered it and since then he started to share it with the world and using it as a personal film diary. “Disposable cameras, point & shot or reflex, all is allowed as it´s always on film!” Oh yes!
all images © dianafavsto.tumblr.com
“I am a child of the universe” it reads on Julianne Popa´s flickr site when she talks about where she is from. And likewise, her beautiful work is full of this spirit of a traveller through life, a “wander spirit” as she calls herself. At the moment the Romanian born artists lives in the South of Germany, but looking at her images it seems that she is always in a different place. Observing her photographs makes you feel like getting a very intimate glimpse of her life and soul…
„New York is just as exciting as ever for a young creative. This city is always looking for something or someone new, different, and creative. Today you can be a nobody, tomorrow someone sees your work and shares it with their friends or colleagues, and the next day your work is being featured everywhere.“ reveals Jason Wang, a gifted and New York based photographer. Moreover he tells me what he thinks about analogue photography, about his inspirations and dreams…
Describe yourself in 3 words?
This is a difficult question for me to answer because I´m very self-aware, but I would describe myself as quiet, passionate, and idealistic.
On your website it says: „The camera became a way for him to explore his environment and the relationship with the people around him.“ How do you see your surroundings through your camera?
Whenever you look through the lens of a camera life really does seem different. Suddenly, you become much more aware of what you´re seeing and noticing – things you ordinarily wouldn´t. It becomes a parallel world, where everything and everyone around you is in one reality but you are temporarily in another.
You shoot digital as well as analogue. Do you have a preference?
You know, I used to absolutely love film and I still do, but it has become very difficult to shoot film nowadays with the increasing cost of the film, developing, and high res scanning. I´m primarily a digital photographer now, but I still use film here and there. In fact I have around six analog cameras that I love dearly and whenever I see an old camera for sale I always want to buy it. There´s just something charming about film and the way it captures things. A lot of people say you can get the same look as film with digital now, but in my opinion that´s mostly untrue. In my experience those people have never used film extensively or at all. You can spend a couple of hours in post and get close though if your lighting is good.
Many people move to New York especially when working within the creative field. Does the city still hold this American Dream nowadays?
Absolutely! New York is just as exciting as ever for a young creative. There are so many other artists all trying to make it. Sometimes it can be madness, but that´s part of the fun, meeting other people passionate about something. They understand what you´re going through. This city is always looking for something or someone new, different, and creative. Today you can be a nobody, tomorrow someone sees your work and shares it with their friends or colleagues, and the next day your work is being featured everywhere. It probably won´t happen that fast, it might even take years, but New York is the best chance for it to happen.
Your favourite place in New York?
Coney Island, but more specifically the beach and boardwalk in the winter during a weekday. I grew up in the suburbs so sometimes I crave a little space and openness. It’s full of characters and interesting moments. During the winter though it´s very different when the amusement park is closed and the beach is empty. I try to go on a really cold day and on a Monday or something when the place is almost completely deserted and there´s a heavy fog in. It feels very surreal and mysterious walking around.
You state one of your interests as dreams. What are your dreams?
A great question. My dream is to be remembered as a very good photographer. To finally have the budget to be able to shoot these epic narratives that captures my feelings and imagination. And to have someone a 100 years from now see and appreciate my work.
Your biggest inspirations?
Another difficult question! I´m inspired by many things such as books, films, music, other photographers, and my own imagination. I could write a short essay on my inspirations, but I´ll keep it to the list above for the sake of brevity.
A good image has to…?
A good image to me has a sort of intimateness, amazing light, subtleness, and honesty. It makes you want to know the story or know more about the subject.
5 things you cannot live without?
Family, friends, good food, great music and a working camera.
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger / part of “My Heart Goes Wild” Summer Issue #29
all images © Jason Wang
You never know what you can find watching Janine Mizéra´s photos. It’s like finding yourself in a painting which changes day by day, glance by glance. Sensual bodies, delicate skin, melancholic situations through a veil of light. All those faces become something strong and magical, blend together by an unreproducible style.
I remember the first time I saw your gallery and I found there was a girl, appearing really often in different periods of your creative proccess. I understood lately, meeting you personally, that she was you! So, would you like to talk about your self-portraits? How do you do them? How do they make you feel?
Creating a self portrait to me is reflecting yourself through photography. A way of processing thoughts and feelings, of finding your own true character. Sometimes I prefer to transport myself in another world made just for this moment in time, almost always it is very personal. In a way I create my own little universe. A hiding place I can escape to even when reality might seem endlessly grey. When I look at them I see myself in different periods of my life, different moods, the way I change and grow…as a person as well as a photographer and I think that’s very interesting.
On the contrary, how do you feel taking pictures of other people? What do you think watching a model posing and how do you find a situation you think is the perfect one?
Once somebody said “every portrait is a self portrait”. True, all my portraits reflect something about who I am in a subliminal way. But on the other side it’s very important to me to show the true nature and that certain something about a model. A sensibility just this one person owns. Dreams so light it gives you the feeling they break if you touch them. I like to think even the biggest barricades of not knowing each other are conquerable with continuous conversation during the shoot and understanding. The perfect moment would be the one where models and photographers minds align. A symmetry created in a sense of feeling the other one. A moment when there’s no need of words. A feeling I experienced during our shooting for example.:)
Which kind of light do you prefer to shoot with? All your photos are really intense and melancholic, with that strange grey mood that makes your photography unique and recognizable. What’s your secret?
I always prefer natural light and natural surroundings over a studio or fancy technical utensils. To me the essence of photography is distorted through thoughts about where to position this light or that strand of hair. My priority definetly lays on what a picture expresses, what it makes you feel. People keep telling me about a dark and melancholic mood they feel watching my photos. To me it is just the way I see the world in a way. It happens naturally. Maybe some kind of fascination for mystical spheres, the beauty of a misty field at 5 AM in the morning or stories of faded memories. Maybe my attraction for historical movies. You can find such strong inspirational sources in cinematography and music.
Things like sad expressions, far away feelings, small details like a hand on a perfect skin or a frame created by leaves and flowers! How do you create all these peculiarities? Do you prepare a set, searching locations or the perfect corner of the room, or you just capture things you are surrounded by?
Actually I create a lot of situations very spontaneously and in the heat of the moment. It’s just me and the model getting to know each other and interacting on simple base. I generally work with things surrounding me. During the past weeks I’ve been researching interesting locations such as empty factory buildings or mysterious parks. Generally places transporting a feeling of long past times or rough industrial coldness. I’ve always been fascinated by eroded structures and houses left to die. A combination involving the soft silhouette of a woman’s body is just pure beauty. But generally on a walk through the city there are so many from inattentive passengers unseen places.
Going through your art it’s clear that things like the facial expressions and the body language make your photos. How do you find your models? How do you direct them during the photoshoot?
Some models are friends of mine. Sometimes I ask interesting people I meet in the streets. Sometimes over the web. People with a special spark in the eyes, a special aura. Most of the girls I shoot have none or few experiences as a model so I like to give just small directions or suggestions for poses I have in mind. I prefer not to direct too much and let the model grow during the shooting.
And what about your future projects? It’s not so easy to find you around the web, so that makes me think you take pictures for yourself; but at the same time you’re really excited about showing your creations. So I’m confused, why do you shoot?
I started shooting out of a curiosity for details I guess. Beside my passion for art and graphic shapes since I am a child I realised that I am now surrounding myself with photography and thoughts about new projects at any time. After a long shooting day I feel happy and satisfied. Photography has grown my life. A part of it so big I couldn’t live without it anymore no matter how future will look for me. I am indeed taking a step forward lately since I am now, more than ever open for new opportunities and interesting people. At this specific moment my obsession with photography and lately analog photography is the strongest inspiration in my live.
Before I let you go… Is there a song you want to suggest us to listen to during the viewing of your photos?
I could even recommend two songs right now. The first would be Pyramid Song by Radiohead since this band is my everlasting inspiration and maybe even personal favourite and second Silence by Portishead.
Interview by Nina Sever