Debora Spanhol - a fashion photographer from Berlin presents the story shot on film during the last sunny days in the city. Debora’s photos incorporate the opposites of softness and edginess, of warmness and unsaturated colors. The shoot plays on the lack of focus and the need to experiment with the technical aspect of photographing while breaking the rules and bringing forward a redefined methodology.
The crispy light that has a fresh feel to it in colder weather, the charm of the film, and the emotional detachment of the model carry the feeling of a shift from one state to another.
"I just wanted to enjoy the last days, those cold days, with warm sunshine!"
Tell about the story and the feeling you wanted to achieve?
It was the beginning of winter, I was leaving Berlin, I just wanted to enjoy the last days, those cold days, with warm sunshine!
There is some brilliant work with out of focus objects and character’s facial features. Tell about the technical side of photographing the series.
I often shoot models without a focus, I like to get out of the obvious. I am not, and I was never a technical photographer, I learned to photograph alone, testing. I have always done what I found aesthetically pleasing, and not what the photography books tell. After a long time, I learned that I need to understand photography technically, not just from the feeling. I studied, and I continue to study, but my biggest fear is to become a "square" photographer, who cares about everything that has to do with the technique. Perhaps, the unfocused photos are to prove myself, that I am still what I always was.
"My biggest fear is to become a "square" photographer, who cares about everything that has to do with the technique".
The aesthetics today shift to breaking the rules of classic photography and finding a unique vision.What once was considered a mistake today is a discovery. What does this mean for you or how do you break the rules?
I like aesthetics, and I do not care if it's "wrong" or not. The tendency of the world is to open the mind, to be new, different, that actually comes out of the sameness. I think everyone should explore what they like, and express themselves in a way they want, regardless of whether it will be accepted or not.
What is the most thrilling in working with film on set?
Shooting on film, I still consider a novelty that I'm testing. Unfortunately, I was born in the digital age, I love the result that the analog cameras offer, the texture of a film photo fascinates me. I love the fact that you do not know if what you're shooting is working, it's an adventure. I can only relax when I leave the laboratory, I am very curious and anxious, it kills me. Another thing I love in film is that I shoot 36 photos and have an editorial, on digital I photograph 400 photos to have an editorial. If you think that way, film is so practical.
Anyway, I want to shoot more with analog. I hate editing, I like raw photos, they are beautiful, the film creates this. Digital doesn't look so beautiful.