ALINA COOL + INTERVIEW.
How did you come to photography? Was it something you always wanted? What did you wanna be as a kid?
Well, it was not exactly photography I had in mind but art in general. I painted a lot as a child and in my early teenage years I realized that I have a sense for a good composition of colors. For example there was this movie “rendezvous with joe black”, in one short scene, nothing special, there was a “Mark Rothko” hanging in the house where the story is happening. You can see it in the background for just a couple of seconds but I was so impressed by it, that I copied his work several times. And I had no clue about Mark Rothko at that time.
Do you see yourself painting or doing some other form of art?
Before photography I did a lot of sculptures and paintings. Now they are standing on the top of the shelves in my kitchen and the paintings are hanging in my bedroom. For 2 years now I do not paint a lot anymore but sure sometimes I still need some concentration on my own. When I photograph people I’m usually in company. But when I paint alone in my room then I can focus better on my life. Art is the mirror of the times we are living in. And when I was doing these paintings and sculptures I see it today as a personal diary. With just a bit more room for interpretation.
You said art reflects the times we live in. What about the time we are living in? How would you describe it?
Very Ambitious. It’s good and bad. It depends. Ambitious and reiterating. I think it’s very interesting that we bring back all the centuries, the 50s, 60s, 70s and so on, and mix it to a pot of everything. We are now in a position where we are able to choose which “style” we want. It sounds a bit like fashion but it’s a synonym for everything.
Are you ambitious? And do you reflect our times in your work?
I’m very ambitious, yes. I always was. I wish I would take it more easy because I don’t want to lose my authenticity. Everyone reflects our time with everything we do. Art just kind of manifests it. I do Art for the People. Some artists say you have to do Art for yourself. I don’t think it’s wrong. I think Art has to go through the artist for the People. I create work for others to show a world, my world, but I create through me. With my photos I don’t want necessarily to show how things are, more like how I see them.
What was the weirdest interview you have ever been through?
My interviews in relation to my work went mostly comfortable. But I remember one guy who interviewed me once last year. He was actually very cute, so I asked him if I can photograph him just before we started to talk about my photographs. I guess it was weirder for him standing in his room and getting photographed than it was for me. I thought it’s the best way to show how I work.
You shoot lots of nudes. Why? And what about nudity and you? How comfortable are you being nude?
I like it nude because it’s neutral. Without necessarily a personality. I’m interested in bodies’ design. In human beings. It’s more timeless. Intimate and impartial. But intimate in presents. Not in person. I have no problems with being nude. I think it’s just fair. I’m very open minded. If photographers ask me I won’t say no. If I like their work. It wasn’t always like that. I was overweight when I was young and I needed time to accept myself and work it out. Sex helps. Especially when you don’t look out for model look-alikes. Have sex with “normal” people and be flexible in the partners you choose! I don’t have a fixed type I’m interested in. Not for my work and either for my private life.
Interview by Amanda M. Jansson
Photography by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert