Interview Menno Aden, Photography, Berlin

http://www.mennoaden.com

Where are you living?

Berlin

How old you are? 47

What inspires you? A lot… how we live, how things look from other perspectives, nature, technology (new machines, robots, coding, ai…), other artists, at the moment conceptual artists and sculpturer (e.g. Gordon Matta-Clark, Rachel Whiteread, Asta Gröting, Helen Marten, Richard Artschwager, Hito Steyerl, Trevor Paglen, to name a few), food, coffee, tea, friends, dish washing, themes like identity, intimacy, surveillance, architecture, structures, systems in sociological, philosophical or psychological ways

Tell me about what you do?

I make art, especially in the medium of photography. My works are often topographical in nature, whether photographing systems of pipes, façades, or structures. I see myself more as an artist than a typical photographer. I often look for traces and use the camera like a scanner.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

Waking up, office work (e-mails, phone calls, internet research), breakfast, studio work (scouting rooms, taking photos or Photoshop), dinner with friends

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Internet, books, friends and colleagues

How social media influence your life?

Social media influence me very strongly. When I show surveillance of privacy, social media is part of my life. Sometimes I see myself more as a philosopher than an artist.

Interview ANNA BRESOLI, Photography, berlin

www.annabresoligastronomy.tumblr.com/

Where are you living?
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
What inspires you?
Tell me about what you do?

Anna Bresoli (Spain, 1979), is a Berlin based photographer with more than 20 years
experience in editorial and advertisement photography. Her works have been exhibited
in fairs like Fotofever (Paris), Afoco (Cordoba), Positions (Berlin), JustMad (Madrid) and
her images have been published in printed media in Spain and in online media.
The challenge of creating a sincere dialog for oneself is the basis of my principle of
creation. This process is not easy, since there are many self-inflicted filters to erase
before a pure channel can resemble in order to transmit crucial information to the
collective intelligence we feed from. All creations are already there, we are the creators,
we come from the creation. The mission of each of us in this world to create our own
universe and our own shelter.
My motivation is to contribute, inspire and open up to all that surrounds me. Teaching
on the way and going deeper, merging the essence and the purity of life. Artist’s and
their creations are the remaining channels to remind us where we come from and what
we are capable of doing.
I am moved by nature, poetry, psychology, philosophy and music and by, using theses
tools, I am inspired by the darkness or as Jung calls it ‘the shadow’ we each behold but
cannot always can easily face. I feel we have this disconnection because we only choose
to see half, missing the totality of our souls. “People are going to do anything, no matter
how absurd it is, to avoid facing their own souls. C.G.Jung¨
“We have been educated to ignore it or to repress it and even to be ashamed of it. For
this reason, it seems something terrifying to know oneself, to accept oneself, since a
light is lit in the darkness of simple being.” – C.G. Jung.
My intention is to materialize the shadow as something beautiful and delicate, echoing
this throughout my work. In the darkness there are the answers and new opportunities,
and I want to communicate this valuable concept. The capacity of flowing inspiration
provides space for one’s own world to open up and the opportunity to confront one’s
own shadow therefore allowing freedom. “The privilege of a life is to become who you
really are.” – C.G. Jung.
This dark shadow is very present in my work, as is a resonance of light revealing
something beautiful.
One could say that this is praise to the shadow.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Currently my passions are divided into three fields.
I work for a French restaurant in Berlin (MORSH) doing gastronomic photography, I must
admit that I love this area of photography and I feel very grateful to have a job in which I
enjoy
The second of my passions is music,
Currently I am strongly involved in a new project called FANG, it is a kind of post metal /
progressive rock / crust / doom metal.
At the end of this month we recorded one song.
And the third, of course, is to create atmospheres through my images.
These three activities I combine with the practice of yoga. It helps me keep my feet on
the ground.
What are some of your favourite source for information?
I have many … the source of inspiration appears when I am connected, and can come
from any place, from a poetry, from a friend of a philosopher, nature …. if I am strongly
linked to the present there are innumerable sources of inspiration .
How social media influence your life?
Totally, in fact my work in the restaurant is not only to take photographs, but my role is
also as a community manager, carrying out tasks related to Instagram and Facebook.
and as for my more artistic work, it forces you to dedicate part of your time to this
medium, which I consider very important to be able to reach people. Although I must
confess that I do not dedicate the time of should

Interview Adeline Spengler, Artist, Paris

http://adelinespenglerphotography.format.com/

https://www.instagram.com/adeline_spengler/

 

Where are you living?
I live in Paris

How old you are?
I’m 46

What inspires you?
My prime inspiration source is nature. I love its beauty. My pictures are made outdoors in natural environment. I’m also inspired by photographers such as Sarah Moon, Francesca Woodman, Saul Leiter, Ernst Haas and Masao Yamamoto. My mixed media paintings aim to evoke oceans, wind, earth and fire. My favourite painters are Gerhard Richter, Kandinsky, Chagall, Jackson Pollock.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a photographer and a painter.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I’m used to stay up late because I love working at night. I’ve recently left my art director job so I can work full time on my artwork. I like to challenge myself so I try to do a painting a day. I also do photographic work. I’m currently setting up a trip on a very small island in French Brittany. Traveling is a way for me to gather inspiration and come up with new ideas. I also spend a lot of time in art shows so I can keep entertained. Paris is a great place for art.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
I use the internet quite a lot. It’s a great way to follow artists and understanding what’s happening in the art world. I also read a lot of french photo’s magazines such as Fisheye magazine, Polka magazine, 6 mois.

How does social media influence your life?
I use social media to keep in touch with my friends. Facebook & Instagram are also great places to interact and connect with other artists.

 

Interview Sabina McGrew , Photographer, Los Angeles

 

sabinamcgrew.com 

https://www.instagram.com/binarama/

 

 

Where are you living?

Los Angeles

 

How old are you? if you don’t mind answering)

I’m in my 40’s.

 

What inspires you?

My daughter Faye, the desert, Jodowrowski movies and  L.A. weirdness

 

Tell me about what you do?

I’m a photographer, educator,  and-  as of lately, also a film maker

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I get up 6.00 am and get my kid ready for school, check emails , organize jobs, work on ideas for photo /film projects.  When my schedule allows it I either go thrifting – I have been finding the most incredible vintage furniture and props – or I go hiking or to the beach. Since I spend a fair amount of time in the car driving , I listen to a lot of music,  and then there’s all these mundane mom duties like cooking, organizing etc.. By the time I read nighttime stories to my kid I’m pretty wiped out

 

What are some of your favourite sources of information?

At this point I rely heavily on the internet, ( I skim through NYTimes, the Guardian, BBC Spiegel online etc.. Teen Vogue does some great reporting these days ) even though my old school self really  loves reading actual newspapers –Normally I just don’t have the time unless I’m on a plane.

 

How has social media influenced your life?

I love it and I hate it. On one level Facebook helps me stay connected with my friends abroad and there’s all kinds of entertaining art world gossip but it is such a time sucker! After Trump got elected facebook became this rather dark vortex of information. Instagram is much more visual so there’s less to digest, but it can be also redundant and rather exhausting.  A while ago after some rain we had double and even triple rainbows in Los Angeles , and virtually, seconds later these images were all over FB and Instagram-  My feed was full of them.. I was like: Please no more triple rainbows!!! I simply couldn’t take it anymore.

Interview Sandra Mann, Artist, Photographer, Curator and Lecturer, Frankfurt

(c) Karsten Thormaehlen

https://www.facebook.com/sandramannphotos/home

http://www.sandra-mann-photos.de/

https://www.instagram.com/sandra_mann/

Where are you living?

I´m living in Frankfurt, Germany and I´m working here and abroad.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

 I´m 45 years young.

What inspires you?

Inspiration I get by nature, quantum physics, genderissues, creativity, smart photography, visual reception, art and my three lovely dog`s Panzer, Mañana & Juni.

Tell me about what you do?

 I´m a artist, photographer, curator and lecturer.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

My typical day is to wake up, drink coffe, feed my green iguana Pepe (by the way it`s already 22 years old!) and the dogs, go for a walkies, read e-mails, arange appointments, meetings, delegate trainees, organize photoproductions or transports of artworks, meetings with collectors, other artists, curators, organize shows/exhibitions actually i don`t really have a “typical day”. Every day is filled with different topics, depending on what is to be done. One day a week I´m teaching at European School of Design „Photography & Pictorial Language“.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

My facourite source for information are exhibitions, talks, calls, internet, social networks.

How does social media influence your life?

Through social networks I´m more easy able to stay in touch with my foreign friends, artists, curators, collectors. That`s very helpful, I can see whatever they are doing, exhibitioning or working on.

 

Exhibition Doppelgänger / Torrance Art Museum USA, curated by Dr. Julia-Constance Dissel & Sandra Mann

030613-8793 Carla & Zoë auf der Suche nach Wahrheit (Enkheim, Germany), 2013, photo © Sandra Mann

180414-9564 Julia & Perle (Bayerischer Wald, Germany), 2014, photo © Sandra Mann

060814-8816 Jessica & Seerosen (Buchschlag, Germany), 2014, photo © Sandra Mann

051112-1123 Lost / Wolfgang (Offenbach-Mühlheim, Germany), 2012, photo © Sandra Mann

Interview Martin Fengel, Artist, Munich

http://www.martinfengel.com/

https://www.instagram.com/mfengel/

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/3354-martin-fengel

http://www.br.de/br-fernsehen/sendungen/lido/martin-fengel-100.html

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/kuenstler-martin-fengel-nicht-mehr-daraus-machen-als-das.807.de.html?dram:article_id=280981

Where are you living?

Munich
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

51
What inspires you?

arts and crafts, I can learn/get inspired from almost anything
Tell me about what you do?

these months I teach photography at the academy in Kiel and Munich
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

my wife works early hours in a hotel, so we get up early, I love to go running in the morning, I live near the Isar, maybe it’s the best hour of the day, then I walk to my office. And then it’s very difficult to say, because I’m always doing different things
What are some of your favourite sources for information?

books
How does social media influence your life?

in a bad way