“I have been asked to describe the way I work, but, as much as I would like to do that, I think I can’t give you a precise account of my approach. Honestly, I’m not sure how I do it or why I do it, the image-making, I mean. This is also one of the reasons why I put off writing this text for months.

Ramin, the kind guy from AN has been very patient with me. He kindly contacted me some time in summer and I was really chuffed and told him I’d send him my images and the ‘narratives’ to go with them soon… I didn’t do it. Every now and then I got a friendly email from Ramin asking me how I was getting on. I had to take care of other things, had to make more images, had to think. The timing never seemed right and it seemed a difficult job to me. But now, finally, I think I can write a few lines about the way I work.

So here they come: out in the field, I work in a very intuitive way, without thinking too much about anything in that moment because all I’m doing then is being in that very moment, seeing it, experiencing it. Well, of course I’m thinking too, but I’m trying not to worry too much about camera settings or composition and stuff. It’s kind of a meditation and a continuous process of searching and finding and developing.

As I said before, sometimes it takes me months to understand what I want to do with an image, and sometimes I already know this in the moment of taking it. I’m not sure about the source of this knowledge; it seems to be within myself and it is certainly influenced by my own circumstances. Often when I’m working on a certain image, it feels as if I just need to put the bits and pieces together. But there are quite a few pieces to my own jigsaws. Sometimes I turn images upside down, like the last one shown here, and the effect may be quite surprising. Suddenly there is a new place with a different feel. I like the idea of playing a little with perception and imagination to see where I can take the mind.”

Denmark 2015 by Julia Fuchs (2/4)

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