Interview Noortje Schmit

It’s a way to show other people my world without having to explain it in words.

Name: Noortje Schmit
Hometown: Amsterdam
Style of photography: City stills, portraits without people
Type of camera(s): Yashica T5 and Leica M6, 35mm canon s100
Website: www.noortje.org & noortjeschmit.tumblr.com

What gives you inspiration?

Photos and images anywhere, in the street, on the internet, in books. Other creative people. Artists and photographers that publish or make their own books. Graphic design, patterns, textures, colours. Cities, maps, suburbs. The zoo. 

What are your influences?

At this moment Guy Debord’s psychogeography and the dérive. But I am also generally influenced by art history in which I graduated. Not by a particular photographer.

Why did you choose these photos? 

I am happy with these photos shown together. It’s difficult for me to make a series of, say 6-10 photo’s, because all my photo’s belong together. I’d like the idea that other people can choose their favourites and that series can vary in that way and can tell a lot of different stories.

What does photography mean to you?

It’s the only thing I’m doing with such great pleasure, discipline, endurance and self-evidence. It’s also a way to show other people my world without having to explain it in words. A way of communicating. And a way to order the world around me. I choose only the frames of the world that I like looking at. 

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