Interview Vera Dohrenbusch

Photography allows me to create tangible memories.

Name: Vera Dohrenbusch
Hometown: Born in Zurich, Switzerland, now living in London.
Style of photography: Visceral, evocative, elusive
Type of camera(s): Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Contax G2, Holga, Canon 5D

What gives you inspiration?

Time. Time to think, time to live. Freedom, individuality. My unconscious. A work of art which conveys a sense of truthfulness, a feeling of urgency. Emotions. And generally the beauty in things.

What are your influences?

Artists who I feel inspired by and therefore probably also influence my vision are numerous, but all-important are Robert Frank, Sarah Moon, Andrey Tarkovsky, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Wong Kar Wai, Michelangelo Antonioni, Theo Angelopoulos, Mark Rothko and Virginia Woolf. The biggest influence on my work though is my perception of reality with its innate tendency towards the mysterious and the uncanny.

Why did you choose these photos?

The photographs I have chosen are from my latest series ‘On Hawai’i’. I believe they best illustrate what currently drives my photographic practice.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography enables me to express the inarticulable. It allows me to create tangible memories, to treasure those moments in life that make me hold still; in that sense it has a diary-like aspect to it. Every photograph is in a way a self-portrait, but I hope that my work also triggers emotional reactions in others and inspires reflections about their own life.


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