Who or what have been key influences in the creation of your work?
I am not sure who or what has influenced me in general, but there are a few people I find very inspiring. I have always been inspired by the work of architects Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid. They are both quite different, as for Koolhaas I am intrigued by his intellectual approach to architecture and even though Zaha Hadid’s work is also very intelligent, the aesthetic value of her work is what I am most interested in. The apparent simplicity of Anish Kapoor’s work makes it possible to appreciate for anyone in a wide audience, yet there is enough complexity for the viewer to reflect on.
As for visual influences, I would say that the movies by David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Wong Kar Wait and Kim Ki-Duk inspire me. Also paintings by Caravaggio and Francis Bacon.
Generally I get most of my ideas during walks or when I am in the shower, so I try to take as many showers as I can get.
If you had to describe contemporary photography using an analogy, what would that be?
Contemporary photography is a lot like cooking. First, you gather all the ingredients and then start to reduce and combine it until you have the right flavor and consistency. In this same view, there will always be some room for new ways of presenting a certain story with the same ingredients. Sometimes it takes time to get used to a specific flavor.
What advice would you give to emerging photographers?
Stick to what you find interesting and do not worry if a story has been done before. Make as many mistakes as you can. Talk about your work with people outside photography to get new insights. Talk about new projects and even future projects. This is a good way o get to the core of a project and to make the idea clearer for yourself.
Describe a normal work day… Could you describe your working space and its atmosphere? Examples?
There are two kinds of normal working days, even though they are always different.
If I have an assignment for a magazine, I am normally out on the road, doing a shoot, and then going back to my studio to scan and edit.
On other days I do research and work on personal projects and exhibitions. My workspace is generally quite organized and clean, except when I have a lot of things running at the same time. Then my working space looks like it has been bombed for three days straight. Those moments I try to use all the space I have and divide the room into different segments. One for each project.