Sep 11, 2018
Elise is a young Belgian photographer who bases her practice on everyday life and personal photography, documenting her life and the people around her. With a direct and frank approach, Elise's images are romantic, sensual and uncomplicated at the same time, which offers us the possibility to experience honest emotions and to reflect about our own life.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
EC - My name is Elise Corten. I grew up in a small village on the countryside of Belgium. After moving away from home I lived in London for a couple years and that’s where I discovered photography. I moved back to Brussels to study photography at Luca School of Arts and at the moment I am pursuing a masters in photography. For now I am working on my personal projects and in my free time I love to read, drink tea and walk my dogs.
am - How did you start in photography?
EC - I was studying theatre at drama school when I first picked up a camera. I found a used Pentax at a market and that’s how it started. At the time I was documenting my life in London. I was shooting on 35mm, mostly with instant cameras. Actually not much has changed. Today I still shoot my life and the people around me.
am - What inspires your work?
EC - I think it’s every day life, just seeing beauty and being able to photograph it makes me happy. I feel inspired by the people I am close to.
am - What are your main interests as an artist?
EC - My main interest as a photographer is to convey emotion. I think any good photo will make you feel something and that element is very important in my work. Besides that, I think human connection, sexuality and identity are very interesting aspects of life which I like to document.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
EC - I love the work of Elinor Carucci, Ana Casas Broda, Duane Michals, Nan Goldin, Jim Goldberg, Patti Smith… The list goes on.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
EC - "The Dreamers" by Bernardo Bertolucci and "Leon" by Luc Besson.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
EC - "Closer" by Elinor Carucci.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Elise Corten