Behind the Scenes

June 4, 2019

Sublime Stories (8 of 30)

No other girl has more images in the photobook Sublime than Katia. As she is the cover model and as I photographed her when she was 21, 22 and 23 years old, I figured that is ok. After having produced many indoor series, I definitely wanted to shoot outdoors again. Somewhere warm. So Katia and I flew to Portugal.

Unfortunately we weren't lucky with the weather. It was freezing cold. Around 14 degree Celsius. Challenging when you shoot nudes outdoors. I promise, I did the best to make this shoot as comfortable for Katia as possible. Still for her it was as cold as a brass toilet seat in the Yukon.

I tried my best to hide the cold from the photos that I took. And besides the temperature, it was so beautiful in Portugal. I speak a little Portugese which helped us getting around the small villages. They are very friendly towards strangers in the snack bars when you can chat to them in their mother tongue. This was nice to experience.

Lunch break
I have a deep longing for loneliness inside of me.

Katia told me that she loves to get photographed. And I loved photographing her.

I believe that the surrounding and setting plays an important role when you work. It is a huge inspiration to be somewhere else. But not just the fact of working a thousand kilometers from home, also the new impressions that you get, the different furniture you see. Fresh air, awokes curiosity, I assume.

I have a deep longing for loneliness inside of me. I don't know where this feeling comes from. But I have a suspicion.

When I was a child, I had the book Palle alone in the world and it deeply impressed me. It helped me with creative thinking and creating fanatasy worlds. To be able to do so, I needed to refrain from all distractions. This works best when being alone. So, I never had a problem with being alone in my life. Don't get me wrong, I am a social person, but for my creativity, loneliness is key. Isn't it amazing when you realize that an important foundation to your today's life was set in your childhood?

When I am alone, I think a lot about myself. Maybe I even philosophize. I don't really like the term. But doing so, I can feel that there is much more in my photographs than you would think at first sight. And I love that. Because often, I get underestimated and people think I just don't make very profound art (if at all). On my inside, I smile and think, if only they knew...

Pool art
Thankful to every single sunray
Sublime

Sublime — the book

Sublime is loaded with 30 pictorials on 208 pages. A real photo book with a hardcover, nice and thick paper in a large size. Get your copy here. Published in a limited edition of 1,200 copies. Can't afford it? Ask me for a copy with small defects.

 

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