Nov 12, 2018
Heiner is a young German artist who centers his work on female characters as a reflection of her own visions, and as a way to communicate through them. With simple and expressive images, Heiner's work is romantic, poetic and highly emotive, inviting the viewer to reflect about the simple things in life and about life itself.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
HL - You are welcome, thanks for getting in touch. I studied graphic arts in Hamburg followed by a few years in mostly art and some fashion photography. I left fashion photography rather quickly again. Yet theres still the graphical aspect of working with textures and shapes that does inspire me. Afterwards I was building and offering handcrafted furniture with an alternate design approach and a sustainability concept behind. Right now I am studying again fine arts at the Muthesius Arts Academy in Kiel.
am - How did you start in photography?
HL - I came from sketching to photography and right now starting with cine experiments.
am - We can see that you focus your work on female portraiture, what attracts
you about this?
HL - Undeniable I suppose, it's rather difficult to put this in a swift interview
answer, but the female characters in my work are taking a role in mirroring several aspects of how I review and retell the world and visions I see. Not everything is intended, I leave a bit of chaos in all of what I am doing, since that magic of beginnings is always contrary to rigid concepts.
They take role of being an almost scientific, mystic, inspirational, sometimes controversial model of study and a rather intimate way for me to communicate with them and through them. Luckily the experience was and is always
of mutual benefit, but I take several steps back from portraiture to be honest.
Facial expressions have a limit of staying artistically interesting to me
personally if that would be the only or the main focus of my work. I would say that
while I did quite some portraiture, another part of my work is actually
anti-portraiture, or how would you call the protagonists turning their back to the
viewer leaving merely nuances of the body to speak in some very old language.
am - What inspires your work?
HL - Life. Deeper aspects of it. Psychology of course. Mysticism and again life in
all its organic original offering.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
HL - I don't really have a list. I like the film work of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick,
Lars von Trier. I like Björk, even though I am not listening too much of her music, but she's very inspiring.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
HL - Again, I don't have one, but from the top of my head I loved all old Polanski work like "Death and the maiden" or "Tenant" by Ingmar Bergman.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
HL - I can't pick a fav, but recently the various Magnum books about the middle east are grabbing my attention on diverse levels of perception.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
HL - You'r welcome.
All images © Heiner Luepke