Issue 7 of Télégramme is here (and on time, too! Go me) and it features a bumper crop of awesome people. In alphabetical order to alleviate favourtism: Alistair Watkins-Stuart, Anna Wilton, Dianne Tanner, Luiza Potiens and Marina Oprea – thank you, for agreeing to be featured and for lending me your beautiful work :)
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Jéremie Dru is a 28 year old French photographer, living in Paris. I asked him a few questions about his work, and this is what he said…
I have a Mamiya RZ67 – it is a medium format film camera. Originally, it was a camera that we used for studio shooting, but it is also very effective for street photography. It’s an analog camera (120 film) which offers a good quality of image.
I began taking photos when I was studying architecture, in 2005-2006. The camera helped me to build my view of the city, and understand the role of the architecture in the set which constitutes the city. It allowed me to stage the urban spaces at which I looked, at which I studied. I learned how to look at the architecture, at the material, at the relation at the light…
I’m inspired by literature, by cinema, photography, comic strips, paintings and sculptures. What affects me most are the works which question the perception of our environment, the artists who question what we consider to be real, who use the concrete to show the unspeakable.
I read many books which try to strengthen research in astrophysics, which touch the quantum physics. This research eventually highlights that the laws which structure the universe are not quite perceptible with our senses, so we have a vision limited by our environment. It is difficult for us to conceive that on the scale of the universe, the space and the time can contract, dilate, even bend…
Photography allows the capture of mouldable space-time. We can go against the will of the photographer to capture faithfully the reality by splitting up the seized spaces and the not inevitably linear times of exposure on a single photography. The photography becomes then the artistic technique, doubtless most to evoke these scientific theories which upset the perception of our environment.
To reveal imperceptible places, to merge spaces in the same portion of time, becomes then a game. The photography does not try to represent the reality any more, but the possible. I do not try to represent the various urban sequences, but the transition between these spaces, the passage from a place to an other one. I try to photograph the state of the traveler, and the way which has the city to exist through the journey, through our movement in the street.
I have always wanted to make video, a more complex medium because we do not produce a motionless work. It is a medium which requires a lot of time and investment.
I plan to travel through Germany to photograph the various urban landscapes, return to the Ruhr and work with the industrial megastructures. I would like to continue my research on the urban journey by working in other urban landscapes than Paris.
In parallel, I pursue my work as architect-artist within the collective gvng, which I established with 3 friends. We try to make the architectural discipline approachable, by representing it by different artistic mediums (photos, video, drawing, images) and by working on the collective architecture.
It is the possibility of capturing a portion of reality – whether it is a scene, a place, somebody, a moment – and to fix it in time. What is interesting about analog photography is the printing of the photo on a physical and real support: the film. Unlike digital photography, the photograph is printed on a material and existing support. It gives it a more authentic character. When I look at my films, it’s as if the photos that I took were real. The various layers of reality which I captured are inseparable, and live together on the negative.
It is the creativity around the representation of the city. Cities are the track of our civilisation on a territory. It is the representation of our society and our different systems. I like making and seeing images which celebrate this city, which puts it in movement, which question it.
You can find more of Jéremie’s work on his website.
One of my goals this month is to relax and s l o w down.
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Today’s photographer spotlight is Analogueblues, a 19-year-old photographer in New York. I asked her some questions about her work, and this is what she said…
My go-to DSLR camera is my Nikon D3100 and my go-to film camera is my Pentax K1000 with a sprinkle of instant film.
For about 2 years, although my love for photographs started as a child.
Music, but also looking at the photography of others is very inspiring for me.
I would have to pick up drawing to capture what’s in my mind.
I hope to someday go into the field of medicine.
Photography is sort of like a fingerprint. Every person on this planet has a different fingerprint, and just like photography, no two people can create the same picture even if they have the same equipment. Every photographer whether professional or freelance has their own style. The journey to figure out what your style is quite rewarding and it’s never static, it changes as you change. So to put it simply, I enjoy the journey photography takes me on.
Knowing that in the future I don’t expect to be in the same position i’m in now, i’m motivated to do all I can in order to move forward.
Definitely one to watch, I think :) You can find more of her work here.
Today’s photographer spotlight is Jakub Tabisz, a 25-year-old Polish photographer living in Iceland. I asked him some questions about his work, and this is what he said…
A 35mm rangefinder cameras, sometimes medium format. I also use instant cameras once in while.
Around 10 years. I got my first camera from my dad. Than I used a collection of his soviet rangefinders. I still use one of them.
Light. I always look at the world through light. Shades and shapes and shadows. I also like people. And books.
Reality around me. Reflections, light, reflected symmetry.These things are important for me. I like to create stories – more or less personal, more or less meaningful. Sometimes understood only by me. I like to look at myself through my photographs. And I love to photograph my girlfriend.
Probably create something else. Right now I’m thinking about drawing posters or writing. But after 5 min I can be cooking. Hard one.
Stay on the road I am now. I think if you are true the plans are not necessary.
You can find more of Jakub’s work here.