Photography by Katharina Sophia Grabner

Apr 15, 2016

Katharina is a talented artist from Austria whose images, beautiful and charged compositions, take us to a state of self-reflection where we can find our own memories and dreams. Inspired by simple things, Katharina is one of those photographers that know how to see and capture mood and emotions, producing images that speak for themselves. Following we wan to present the lovely interview we had with Katharina: am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please tell us where are you from and what do you do at the moment? KSG - I’m Austrian born and bred, and after a few beautiful years of living and working in the North of England I am now back among my beloved mountains and apple trees. I’ve studied English literature, but shockingly, literature analysis experts are not in high demand, so I work at an office. am - How did you start in photography? KSG - I got my first camera when I was seven; I’ve been taking pictures for most of my life and always liked it. When I was in my early twenties my friend, who is also a photographer, really turned me on to taking pictures the way I do now. It was a revelation. I felt there was a language I understood. I started using photography as a diary, as a means of communication and expression. am - What inspires your work? KSG - When it’s a portrait it’s quite simply the person in the picture, the entire world vanishes until it’s just them. When I’m by myself, it’s more complex: I’m a deeply impressionistic person, so for me it’s very much about atmosphere and mood. My own emotions, too big for words; memories, weather, light, or lilac trees; the weight of the air on rainy April mornings, my breath turning to smoke in the winter, things like that make me want to grab a moment and work with it. Of course I’m also inspired by other artists: a lot of times I have a line from a song or book stuck in my head, playing it over and over. All those things somehow end up spilling into the image. am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists? KSG - Film has been a huge influence on me. Antonioni, Tarkovsky, and Van Sant are my three great heroes. Apart from that, my favourite photographers are the people I follow on flickr - it’s a fantastic platform to me, and I find inspiration there on a daily basis. Somehow I never got into any professional photographers; I’m more interested in the private side. am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words? KSG - Atmospheric, Impressionistic, Desperate. am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without? KSG - Quiet time alone, deserted landscapes, my camera… beauty, and hope. am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go? KSG - I’ve always wanted to see, photograph, and fall in love with the Irish countryside. am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment? KSG - I’m a very loyal listener. Leonard Cohen and the National have been my favourites for years now. am -What’s your favourite movie? KSG - Oh God, so many! Though one of them is certainly Stephen Daldry’s 'The Hours'. am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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