Anne-Kristin Vahle, like me, took part in the summer academy ‘Creative Photography’ in Paderborn, 2008. She struck me as a photographer with a special creativity and an unprejudiced approach to photography.
Anne-Kristin is 25 years old and grew up in Paderborn in the North-West of Germany. She did her medical studies in Münster and since January 2010, she works in Essen as an otolaryngologist intern (if that’s the correct wording) at the University Hospital of Essen.
In Paderborn, she produced two series which I liked very much. My favorite, though was her project ‘Der Schneider’ (the tailor, it’s a German nickname for the insect you see in the photographs, a crane fly or ‘Daddy Long-legs):
Now, here’s my questions to Anne-Kristin:
1. Why made you start going into photography?
I have fun with trying out things, with unusual crops, strange perspectives, fascinating textures. Since we have digital photography, I can spend hours shooting away. About six months ago I got a SLR — this opens up new possibilities.
2. What role does photography play in your life? What does it mean to you?
At the moment, unfortunately I have lots of other things to do. It’s a hobby. Sometimes I see a motif, and I get an itch. I take lots of pictures on holidays.
3. How do you approach a subject? Do you have a concept beforehand, or is it more spontaneous?
Sometimes, spontaneous shooting leads to a concept, which I then develop further. I like this kind of photography best.
4. What criteria would you use to call a photograph a good one?
If it speaks to you and if you think ‘I see!’ or ‘oh!’ or ‘What?’.
6. How do you educate yourself in photography?
In 2008, I took part in a two-week photography workshop at the summer academy Paderborn with Valerie Wagner. Some reading, lots of trying out.
7. What project do you work on right now?
Contrasts, textures, (motion) blur.
8. What images do you present to me and the Schauplatz visitors today, and what do they mean to you?
The series is called ‘Der Schneider’. It is very simple and does not mean more than there is to see. It’s a play with the image and the word and with its association.
There is no interpretation. Look for yourself.
(Click on first image to show photos as a gallery.)