You have to be open yourself...The more you give of yourself, the more you will gain in your images of other people.
You were right over them on the bed.
It seems like when you start photographing, in the beginning you have some very intuitive images, and people are very natural. Then they start to stage themselves a bit. There’s a long period, where you feel it’s very difficult to get something that’s natural. I think it’s always in the beginning or the end that you get those images, because after a while, people start getting tired or start thinking about other things.
I love that you don’t just focus on one thing either — there’s architecture, there’s humor, and there’s sadness. Are you ever telling a story beyond the image? Are you ever grouping your images together to tell a narrative? Or do you treat each picture as its own entity?
Well, I think I do both. I look at every picture individually. There has to be some kind of pinch in my stomach to feel that this is the picture for me, because I’ll use it as a mirror of how I feel that day. That’s my ambition for other people as well. When they look at my images, they have to be open in a way that anyone who looks at them can make up their own stories. I feel that if I tell the complete story, I close the image.
It doesn’t allow the viewer to expand.
Exactly. Here, nothing really happened — I just saw a chair, and it was instinct to me to take a picture.
From the texture?
I love the floor, the grime on the floor.
I work a lot with the aesthetics of the image like the texture, the light, and the flash. I always use flash, because it has become the aesthetic for me, as well. The skin tones become more shiny, and it adds more contrast to the picture.
You’ve almost created that look though without letting it drop off on the edges.
There's also more light in here than out there.
When dealing with heavy black and lights, it makes sense. Is there anything you want to say to our readers about how to drop all the pretensions and get out there and shoot? Is there any trick you can tell them, so they can just go out there and stop being scared?
You have to be open yourself, you have to be able to give yourself. If you expect other people to be open and to give, even though you are the photographer, and you’re the one looking at someone else, it’s important that there’s some kind of exchange in that encounter. I think that’s the most important thing. The more you give yourself, the more you will gain in your images of other people.