28 Maj Kersti K: Impossible re-creations
KK: Well, I usually have a clear idea in my mind of an image before I start. Then I collect all the things I need, people, clothes, and so on, and go to a location. When I arrive I completely forget about the image in my mind, because in my experience it is impossible to recreate it. So ”on set” I work completely on impulse. It is hard to describe my photo sessions. They are pretty confusing I have been told. Even the people who are there usually don’t understand what is going on, but we usually have fun (albeit in a painful and awkward sort of way sometimes).
KK: No, my mind is pretty empty when I work (laughs). Or maybe I have a feeling of ”correctness”, when the picture is ”right”. A feeling of ”there it is”. A feeling of being ”alive”.
KK: I don’t like unnecessary things. I like to remove everything that I don’t like from a picture. I like simple, empty, clear. The word ”timeless” sounds a bit cliché but I guess that is sort of what I look for. With the lighting I use almost exclusively natural light. I like shadows, things that are a bit obscured. The way I am as a person is very similar to how my photos are. People usually find me a bit mysterious, and I don’t like a lot of ”frills” and stuff.
KK: Oh yes! I love his work. I feel a strange kinship with him even if he seems to have been a bit of a misogynist – Something cold and mysterious about his photos that I like, a sort of ”evil” beauty. Many photographers inspire me. A lot of great ones coming from the Nordic countries in recent years like Elina Brotherus, Anni Leppälä, Erica Nyholm, Trine Sondergaard and Astrid Kruse Jensen. And then there are so many other artists, painters, directors that inspire me, Edvard Munch, Ingmar Bergman and so on.
KK: Yes, I do feel that. I would actually like to work more commercially as a fashion photographer. That would be fun! But it is hard to find inspiring brands to work with. I let them come to me and when it is something I like, I do it. I want to retain my ”Kersti K style” as you put it, in everything I do and that is why I respect Guy Bourdin (and other fashion photographers like Deborah Turbeville and Julia Hetta) so much because whoever he worked for you can always see that it is his photo. I don’t think that this is the case for many fashion photographers today. Most of them don’t have a style and I find that a bit sad. I only want to work with brands that have a similar esthetic to my own. I find a lot of inspiration in clothes, but only certain clothes. So if you are a person making clothes reading this, don’t hesitate to contact me because I am very much looking for inspiring garments to shoot!
KK: Well I’ve actually found quite a few of them through you! So here is my chance to give you an official ”thank you”! I guess I just keep my eyes open and I’m a bit lucky. But most places can be good if you just strip them down enough and remove the junk.
KK: I don’t know what my photos are about, and that is why I like them. If I knew, I would not need to take photos.
KK: A secret? I actually have a twin sister that I use pretty often as a model. She and I look very alike except for the face. This is not really a ”secret” maybe, but many people don’t know this since I don’t show faces a lot. Another ”secret” is that this summer I am planning to tame a bird, a rook more precisely. I really want to do it but I think it is possibly illegal. We will see what happens!
KK: No. Sorry, I don’t speak the ”art language”. The theme is that I take photos and I enjoy it.