‘Trash Her Ink’ is a typical boy with too many cameras and too much time on his hands. He’s working exclusively on analogue medium with a preference for 35mm and a craving for expired films found on flea markets.
How did the idea for the series come about?
Vincent was in town for a couple of days so we just went with the flow. No real plans, just trying to take cute photos.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
I am not sure I can answer that but I can always try. The female body is already stronger than the male in my opinion, it is nicer, more interesting and a lot easier to make it even stronger. And I see a trend of female artists taking their own creative spin on portraiture, which will definitely contribute the empowerment of the female body. So in a nutshell, yes we can photograph the female body in a more powerful way, and this might grow in the near future thanks to new emerging female photographers.
How would you define beauty?
I guess I see beauty as uniqueness. It is more important to be unique than beautiful. And in my opinion beauty is overrated. Something can be seen as ugly while I might find it interesting and beautiful because it is different.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
I am inspired by loads of different things … music, movies and architecture for example. There are loads of inspirational things in our society, we just have to look for them. Regarding the inspiration for a set or some photograph, I guess it comes to how I am feeling on the day of the shoot. It is really important to understand the energy of the people you photograph so the main inspiration for a set would be the model and her universe. I am only happy or satisfied if what we (model and I) create is unique and meaningful to the person represented in the photos.
Film or digital?
Only film, I dropped digital 2 years ago. Film is nicer and more natural. And I mentioned uniqueness … so yes, film is the only medium that delivers for me. No bullshit filters, no editing and not faking the moment is my golden rule. A photo is a moment in time and space, tweaking it would destroy this aspect. Plus over the years, I’ve built my knowledge around what camera to use with which film to obtain a certain tone/contrast combo, which makes my life a way easier.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
For next week, I will be chilling, cruising to Barcelona and taking more photos. For 2018, I don’t really know, hope to shoot a bit, especially more medium format but I am also really considering dropping photography altogether.