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I love that it gives me the possibility to go to places where I normally never would go.

Name: Lisa Van Damme
Hometown: Ghent, Belgium
Style of photography: Documentary – reportage
Type of camera(s): My eyes
Website: www.lisavandamme.be

What gives you inspiration?

Travelling gives me inspiration. If I go on a big trip I mostly see a lot that inspires me to make a new photo documentary. 


What are your influences?

I think that everything I see gives me input and influences me. Also work that I don’t like.
Work that I love the most is work by http://www.andreadiefenbach.com, http://www.laurengreenfield.com/ and Nick Hannes.
 
Why did you choose these photos?
 
I chose to show my latest series “a dog’s life”. As a result of a Romanian law proposal to massively kill all stray dogs. I went to Romania and there I made a series about the daily life in a dog shelter.

What does photography mean to you?

It’s a way to be more conscious of the things that happen around me. And I love that it gives me the possibility to go to places where I normally never would go.
 
Photos:

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Photography is storytelling.

Name: Daniel Boetker-Smith
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Style of photography: There are no more photographic genres.
Type of camera(s): Linhof 5×4, Mamiya 7II, Canon 5D mkII
Website: www.augurersandharuspices.com

What gives you inspiration?

I think what inspires me most is the idea that photography can be (to paraphrase Miwon Kwon) about ‘queries rather than explanations’.

What are your influences?

Alessandro Imbriaco, Michael Wolf, Tim Hetherington, Cyprien Galliard, Edgar Martins, Raphael Dallaporta, Doug Rickard, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Gerard Byrne, An-My Le, Clare Richardson, Paul Graham, Walid Raad, Taryn Simon, & Chris Killip.

Why did you choose these photos?

This project sees Australia’s greatest River, the Murray, as a site of old and new narratives intermingling. These photos use the river as both the subject and a metaphor for storytelling – this is a landscape in flux (politically, environmentally, and spiritually), in the River there is no strata of memory, there are no layers to be peeled back or dug up; this is documentary photography that accepts opacity, that seeks out the partially glimpsed, the submerged, the calm and the tumultuous existing together. These four images are the ones I think achieve the above most succinctly.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is storytelling – complex, factual, poetic, contradictory, manipulative, beautiful, ugly, metaphoric, fictional and true simultaneously.  I am inspired by storytellers like Jorge Luis Borges, W.G. Sebald, David Mitchell, Paul Auster and Joyce Carol Oates.

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Copyright reserved by Daniel Boetker-Smith

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It helps me to order my chaotic thoughts in a visual way.

Name: Martin Wunderwald
Hometown: Dresden, Germany
Style of photography: Architecture, Stillife
Type of camera(s): Medium format: Hasselblad 500 C/M, Seagull. 35mm: Nikon F90X
Website: I am working on it, until release: Flickr

What gives you inspiration?

All inspiration comes from the inside. I find and feel complexity in apperently lifeless objects and situations. And I love it to bring them to life, this means I am a huge fan of anthropomorphism. I want to attach importance and beauty to the things I photograph by embedding them into the stable medium format. 

What are your influences?

Since I photograph what I feel, I don’t see myself influenced by any other photographer. For me, photography is more about the process than the outcome. I am easy to impress with photographic quality and simple but strong motives.  

Why did you choose these photos? 

I have chosen a photo from Iceland, because thats where I felt in love with photography. The chronological second photo are the ballet dancers which shows the emotional power of photography that impresses me so often. The pillow with morning light stands for my personal conflict between concrete, stable square format and emotions that I try to express. The latest photograph is from a series that I call “containment” and represents the power of imagination and anthropomorphism.

What does photography mean to you?

My photography basically is the expression of what I can not express with words. It helps me to order my chaotic thoughts in a visual way. The time freezing aspect of photography stops my world from turning which helps me to calm down. 

Photos:

Copyright reserved by Martin Wunderwald

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Photography means learning about life and becoming a better person.

Name: Thomas Manneke
Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Style of photography: Documentary
Type of camera(s): Leica, Linhoff, Canon 5d
Website: www.thomasmanneke.com

What gives you inspiration?

Places I have not been before.

What are your influences?

William Eggleston, Johan van der keuken, Edouard Boubat, Paul Graham.

Why did you choose these photos?

It could have been 4 different ones.

What does photography mean to you?

Learning about life and becoming a better person.

Photos:

Copyright reserved by Thomas Manneke

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Interview Stefan Dauth

Photography is a mirror and a window at the same time.

Interview Salvi Davide

I believe that viewing the world thru a lens is a lifestyle choice.

Interview Natalia Herrero

Photography has become my way to show my faults and say I’m sorry.

Interview Amelie Zadeh

Every face is a beginning of a story.

Interview Manuel Fernandez

To me photography is a way of collecting the things and places I love.

Interview Violet Parr

Photography is a way of actualizing time.

Interview Fabien Seguin

Creating images has become the most important thing in my life now.

Interview Brian Ferry

Photography is an essential part of my everyday life.

Interview Barrett Emke

This idea that a photograph can be as visceral as any sort of memory is very fascinating to me.

Interview Cyrille Weiner

Photography is an intimate, sensual and sensitive relationship with the world and people.

Interview Natascha Libbert

Photography gives purpose to questions I have.

Interview Sophie Eekman

You go out and all these photos are there somewhere.

Interview Vins Baratta

Photography is a fusion between my dreams and those made by the people portraited.

Interview Cécilia Jauniau

Photography is the way to read the insides of life.

Interview Jacqueline McCullough

It gives me a voice that I don’t have with words.

Interview Robin Jonsson

I might have to grow up one day.

Interview Alexandra Wolkowicz

Photography helps me to go through life with a more open mind.

Interview Ron Pruitt

Photography is my whole life, yet I find it can be a curse rather a blessing.

Interview Nika States

“How grand that the world keeps happening, and how grand that we happen with it!”

Interview Jordi Huisman

Photography is a way of dealing with time.

Interview Viviane Sassen

Photography is the most magical and beautiful medium I know.

Interview Liam Henry

Photography changes the way I spend my whole day.

Interview Koichi Nishiyama

The photograph gives me an intimate relation with the world.

Interview Magnus Pettersson

Photography is a way to see who I am, it’s my own reflection.

Interview Martin Cregg

I ‘dabbled’ in photography and it became my life.

Interview Thomas Wieflingseder

Photography is about taking bits and pieces of the so-called real world.

Interview Andris Feldmanis

Photography gives me the perfect reason to pull myself together and step out of my apartment.

Interview Liz H. Kaufman

Photography means nostalgia.

Interview Drew Kelly

Photography is a very limited medium for description.

Interview Agatha A Nitecka

Photography is the best balance I’ve found between the internal and the external reality.

Interview Adam Kremer

Photography is my thought process.

Interview Roddy Laroche Samsonoff

« Memorie doesn’t film, it takes pictures ». Milan Kundera.

Interview Ylenia Arca

Photography allows me to spend some time to observe things.

Interview Thomas Morris

I want to create photographs that ask questions rather than answer them.

Interview Alain Greloud

I consider photography as being a poetic introspection.

Interview Van Robinson

Photography was the first thing that stuck.

Interview Meral Güler

I became an onlooker, a photographic storyteller.

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Interview Laura Gommans

Photography is my favorite way of expressing myself.

Interview Michael Donahue

Photography makes me look at the world in a completely different way.

Interview Jane Stockdale

To me photography is the best way to communicate a feeling and make people stop and think.

Interview Gabor Klima

My whole life is about photography.

Interview Robert Hildebrand

The reason why I like to take photos is simply that I love the feeling associated with a photograph.

Interview Anna Shelton

Photography has added a profound dimension to what I see and experience.

Interview Anna Giulia Gregori

I need photography to read situations, moods and reality.

Interview Delaney Allen

Photography is my take on the world.

Interview Zsofia Szonja Illes

Photography is something I can do how I want it or in the way I want it.

Interview Iván Sanjuán

I use photography to get to know people a little better, and myself too.

Interview Martina Giammaria

It’s hard to find a unique style.

Interview Antje Schley

You have a look at your photos and it’s like a time machine.

Interview Martijn Savenije

Photography is a way of making sense of things, putting everything in perspective.

Interview Corinna Vernet

Photography represents everything that I am.

Interview Sarah Palmer

It was the romance that initially drew me to photography.

Interview Franco Monari

To be honest, I never thought about it before now.

Interview Annette Pehrsson

Photography is a way of life and for me it’s especially about creating memories.

Interview Babette de Jong

Photography for me basically is a way to quiet the restless beast called Urgency.

Interview David Power

I sometimes have a problem with the word photograph being attached to my work.

Interview Emma Llensa Fita

Photography is the way I can understand my own world.

Interview Ryan Thomas Kenny

Photography is my creative outlet which keeps me out of possible trouble.

Interview Tamas Pall

Photography makes me able to record the fragments of my unconscious.

Interview Aleksandar Hrib

Photography means a parallel life to me.

Interview Max Hamilton

I never quite know what will inspire me until I see it.

Interview Melanie Meißner

One picture can bring reality, surreality, emotions and thoughts together.

Interview Jeff Luker

Being around other artists helps you understand your own work better.

Interview Sander Meisner

Photography is a creative outlet as well as a relaxing almost meditative thing.

Interview Oscar Jacobsson

Photography is a way of expressing yourself with light!

Interview Allie Mount

Photography is a language.

Interview Misho Antadze

Photography is my way of saying “I was there, I saw it and now it’s here to stay”.

Interview Pierluigi Riccio

A pic a day takes the doctor away.

Interview Gastón Torres

Photography is like reality getting ready for a fancy dress party.

Interview Kimm Whiskie

The smart one is not the one who reads books, but the one who writes them.

Interview Max Schneider

Photography is unlimited to me.

Interview Patrick Carpentier

C’est une forme d’écriture. – Photography is a form of writing.

Interview Matthijs Uivel

Photography is the craft of framing.

Interview Anthony Smith

There are no rules, no right or wrong.

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