“Look at the scene, not the photograph. The simple mechanics of film photography remove the barriers between me and my surroundings and allowing me to live each moment twice.” explains Berlin and London based Claudia du Lièvre about her newest series featuring Ceara and Mikah. Her life somehow changed when she found her grandfather’s Minolta camera by accident and ever since then she is all about creating, analogue photography and art.
“First, I am present, completely in touch with the unfolding physical reality of the situation before me. I had been observing Ceara and Mikah together, their relation, the way they speak, their friendship and their effortless posing. I found this scene extremely peaceful. Because I noticed a real transparency in their behaviour. They gave me the impression that they where carrying shame and pride on them to a same level.
It really moved me to see people with this ability to expose their self experience. It’s not about the trust they give me but it´s about who they are. And my envy is replaced with admiration. What matters to me is comprehending what I am seeing, not worrying about a photograph which is yet to exist.
I experience this moment again when the photographs are developed. I re-live it, trying to replicate through the image the sensation of being present in that moment in time. I hope the final product will offer more than a picture, but a surrogate memory, with all the emotional complexity that entails.” Ceara and Mikah are wearing HARA.
Models: @cea.ras and @mikahchay