“I think at the moment my work is quite colorful…but that always changes with my mood” Clara Nebeling is a 20 year old photographer currently living in Berlin. The beauty of her images is the unintended, the unexpected and the easy feeling. The play with light and shadow. Environment and shapes. We wanted to know more about her and her inner world and have asked her a few questions.
Where does your passion for photography come from? And can you remember your first image?
It’s funny because only recently I found the images of my very first shoot. They were in a box in my house at home. My grandfather gave me his old analogue camera and a roll of film when I was 8. Some days later I dressed up my sister and my best friend in matching outfits and photographed them in our garden. It’s funny because I didn’t even remember these photos until I saw them and my shoots today are not that different.
How would your friends describe you?
I think they would say that I am very good at improvising, happy-go-lucky attitude specially in summer and little bit chaotic from time to time but in the end everything works out.
And how would you describe your own work?
I think at the moment my work is quite colorful…but that always changes with my mood
Lots of your work is very dreamy, with lots of hair and flowers – What are your influences besides youth culture?
I think most of my pictures are inspired by what I see everyday combined with things from the past like stories my mom told us as a child or running through the woods with my sister. Other than that I get a lot of inspiration by movies and other artists.
You are living in Berlin. How would you describe Berlin at the moment? And does this also influence your work? When I am looking at your images I would associate you to a completly different city…
This city sometimes makes me very happy and sometimes breaks my heart. Berlin is like a playground for adults and some people lose themselves here and forget to the great possiblities lying in front of them. But besides that it is very inspiring to live here amongst a lot of great creatives.
Where and with whom can we find you on a Saturday night?
Well, I have shoots on the weekends most of the time, so I don’t party until 6 am like a lot of people here. You can propably find me with friends of mine cooking dinner, or just hanging out and talk. Not much of a party animal.
Do you think there is a difference between your work as a female artist compared to the male photographers?
I am sure this quote has been used a lot already but I will use Ellen von Unwerth’s words again. “Technique undoubtedly helps make photography magical, but I prefer to work with atmosphere. I think that the obsession with technique is a male thing. Boy’s toys. They love playing… but once you’ve perfected something you have to start searching for a new toy. I would rather search for a new model or location.”
The most important thing in life?
to never stop growing…and of course, love.
Do you believe in zodiac signs?
I am Aquarius and someone once did an analysis of my sign and birthdate/place for me and what can I say, most of it was very right. So I guess I do believe in it..a little.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Hopefully happy somewhere in the world still doing what I love. But I don’t have any concrete plans…