SILVIA CONDE.

AN INTERVIEW.

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What was your first contact with photography and how did this affect you?

I guess it was in University, some years ago. I had a subject about Photography, in general. It was a very first innocent contact, where most of us were using digital compact cameras. Still, we managed to do something creative with them. After that, I decided to take part In a course in an art school about black and white photography and development. There I understood that’s what I want to do for a living.

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What is your favourite subject and why?

I like still life and landscape photography, it’s something I’m very comfortable with. For me that’s easy to photograph or at least easier than people.

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Your work is mostly analog. Why do you prefer analog photography over digital?

Well, they are unlike in many ways. First of all, nothing compares to the result you get: the colours, the light, the texture. All those little things create a very special atmosphere. Apart from that, I think that working with analog photography is more authentic, specially if you manage to develop yourself or scan the negatives at home.

Digital photography is different. It’s faster, with cameras already prepared to push the button continually, so you can get as many photos as you want. In the end, you have so many that you don’t know what to do with them! Nevertheless, I understand the use of digital cameras. In fact I use them too, sometimes.

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How does living in Berlin influence your artwork?

Of course that Berlin has a huge offer of Galeries and Museums. But truth is that the fact that influences me more is being somewhere abroad, somewhere different, new, unexplored.

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What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

That everybody takes photos, everyone… Even my father with his mobile phone.

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Would you tell us a little about SOFT SKIN project and the idea behind it?

Soft Skin started as a Flickr group with some of my favorite photos. After two years, I realized that I had to do something with them and I came up with the idea of printing a Fanzine. I like to see it as a collective project, it is what it is thanks to every contributor’s photo. These days I’m finishing the third issue, Autumn. It will be available in the following days.

Interview by Callikrati Oleg Nozdryon

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/silviaconde/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/softskin

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