We met Annosh a little while back at the Super Epic Yurt Party we hosted together with I Wait Here and our admiration for this young lady has only grown after that. Not only is she a very promising photographer, she happens to be a really lovely human being as well. Annosh submitted her work to our open call and was exhibited during our spring exhibition. We are very happy to announce that we have joined forces again and will be collaborating on a publication soon. Time to introduce you to Annosh’s work before it goes to print.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background, who are you, what makes you tick?
I grew up in two countries simultaneously. One part of the week I lived in Germany and the other part of the week I lived in Holland. I loved the fact that this made my life very dynamic and open to change. I am currently living in Amsterdam where I have just finished my Bachelor in Museology. I have spend the past few years in-between two passions: getting involved in the museum world and developing my photography. In the near future I would like to focus on photography a bit more.
What drew you to photography as a medium and why is it important to you?
I feel the need to capture moments and beauty. I would describe my photography as a way of living and looking at your surroundings. I am observing all the time. What I like about photography is that you can choose a single frame without having to show the actual context; you can be as abstract as you like. When I walk around I always see things that intrigue me. Photography allows me to share these things with others and to carry a piece of it with me at all time.
What makes an Annosh Urbanke photograph?
I am not sure if I have a specific style, do I? What I want is an atmosphere of colours and light. I work very intuitive and never think about creating a series while I am taking photos. Working with film helps to slow my way of working. After a film gets developed I can create some sort of ‘puzzle,’ which always happens to be something different. After a while I start to see the connection between photographs.
Where do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by movies (stills), patterns, light, nature, architecture and mostly colors. I find it interesting and I am looking for compositions which you could not reproduce because of some unique element like a certain way the light falls, a particular person, color, sky or pose. I also prefer my photographs not to be styled or sketched beforehand.
As for people who inspire me: I really like the work of Sylvain-Emmanuel .P, Marina Richter and Luigi Ghirri for example. I also get inspired by painters like Matisse, Malevitsj, Lissitzky, Hopper, Robert Bingama and by my love and talented illustrator Luuk van Zon. It’s interesting to follow people’s work and to see them grow and change.
Have you ever thought about giving up photography and why?
Yes, I considered it once because photography required a lot of concentration from me. I wanted to pay more attention to my studies. But I think giving up would make me very unhappy. It can also be good to focus on several things at ones. It gives you some perspective. I am still trying to find some sort of balance.
What’s the best advice you ever heard as a photographer?
Always try new things.
What can we expect from you in the future?
In the near future I will be publishing a zine. I don’t know what to expect and I don’t want to hold on a dream or an idea of the future. Although I am very curious to see what happens next.
Is there anything else you’d like to spit out?
Sunday morning should be a regular shooting time. Let’s make a series of photographs which have been taken on Sunday morning.