Interview, Andi Singer
Andi, What made you prefer the visual side of things?
I have always enjoyed walking around town and observing people and nature in general. Vision is without any doubt the most stimulating of all senses and I always enjoyed noticing details and imagining other points of view.
You have said that you want to give the viewer a cinematic experience, Would you say that cinema exists because man has many changing climates, moods?
I think the most interesting thing about photography is that the viewer can interpret in any way he chooses what he sees and most of the time it usually reflects his character. I love playing with an idea that gives you the option to view something different than i did when i took the photo. I would say cinema is the culmination of the art of expressing vision and emotion.
You are still with the medium which has for a hundred years helped us share experiences and dreams, that’s film. Why is the film format a necessity for your storytelling?
I think film has a quality which can capture the energy in the air and it is essential to be able to give that cinematic feel to my photos. I like digital but I think it is a medium that is more inclined to the practical side of photography rather than the artsy side of photography. The digital photos have more of a xerox like quality to them while the film tends to capture something you cant quite see.
Are there any limitations to your creation process vs someone who shoots digitally?
There are limitations in the commercial side of it because the process is more like a ritual and takes more time. everything is moving so fast right now and when you re working with a client they want to see everything as soon as possible and the pace is a way to fast to be matched by film. That is the only limitation.
Can you walk us through how your photographs come into existence, isn’t shooting film an art on its own?
I think its more than an art. for me, it’s actually kind of like a conversation between me and my past self. Usually, because it takes a long time to see the photos I took, it makes me see things I didn’t see when I took the photo, and also makes me understand how my perception of things has changed since I took the photo. I notice how I’m constantly evolving in my thoughts. Also the fact that you can’t see the photo right after you shot it makes me take way much more care when I shot and also the fact that it’s expensive makes me be more careful of what I shoot. My process depends on what I want to shoot at the moment and what challenge I give to myself. I try to set new goals with each roll of film and find new ways of telling stories.
Your photographs are sometimes intimate, sometimes they are nostalgic, and an essence of sexual liberation they carry at times. Does that essence come from your own lifestyle?
I consider my photos a diary of my life and i am glad that it is reflected in them. I try to be true in what I transmit from the photos and I love seeing my character in them and how my thoughts and perception of the world continuously change. I love pushing boundaries and finding new ways of transmitting a feeling or an idea. This is probably my game and I am glad when it can be felt by someone looking at my photos.
..and are there any photographs that are closest to your life? Can you tell us a little about them?
It is hard to tell because all of them are extremely personal to me and are basically moments that I steal from my life and try to keep forever. It is interesting to notice how after time has past the photos affect me emotionally different. As time passes I may start hating some of them and loving some i didn’t. It is very interesting to notice how much perception can change what you see in a photo that will always be the same.
Now, if you were to encourage an aspiring photographer, in times when there’s a lot of content and a lot less art, what advice would you give them?
I think the most important thing about being true to yourself and what you do in any art form, instead of just copying whatever you see around, is that you get the most beautiful gift from it and that is finding yourself, finding your voice, learning who you really are. Even if in this day and age photography has become more of a tool than an art, the goal of true art is for the artist to find and express himself. Which is probably also in a way the meaning of life. So, no matter how many likes, jobs or money you get by focusing on content or a quick recognition of likes and attention from your photos you will never fill the void of knowledge that is essential to being happy and constantly evolving. So i encourage any young artist to play the game socially but to also constantly try to find their voice and their character because that will make you be able to do something that nobody else can ever do.
Interview with Andi Singer