Ago 15, 2019
Lemos + Lehmann is a photographic duo composed of Pat and Lukas (b. Spain and Germany respectively), who started photographing together at the time they fell in love with each other, creating in this way romantic compositions that originate in an uncompromised observation of the quotidian. In their series "One and All" Pat and Lukas capture their nomadic adventures through the essence of things, aiming to achieve an atmosphere rather to show the figurative side of things. With a minimal style and an uncomplicated approach, their multi-layered images are notoriously harmonious and mystical at the same time.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
LL - We are Pat Lemos (Vigo, Spain, 1982) and Lukas Lehmann (Zwickau, Germany, 1986). We are visual artists with a BA in fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein of Halle/Salle, respectively; creators and members of the artistic duo LemoS + LeHmAnn, active since 2014. Nowadays, we live between Spain and Iceland seeking balance between golden blue skies and northern energy, across ways of inhabiting the world.
am - How did you start photographing together as a duo?
LL - We fell in love with photography while falling in love with each other. Using an old Praktica from east Germany, we started taking a picture of each other during breakfast after spending the night together. We were using photography from a, one might say, more romantic perspective, with the sole goal of capturing time –the pace of a love relationship that was still young and uncertain. We did this for a whole year and the habit then turned into a ritual, moreover, into our first duo project: 'The Light Behind', entailing three hundred snapshots.
am - What is “One and All” about?
LL - 'One and All' is a permanent exercise of exaltation of everyday life, hundreds of images that we have created over the last four years. The great set of the snapshots is configured as fragments of a universe that constantly communicate with each other.
We have been travelling and changing our base a lot in recent times so the series has been directly influenced by this nomadic movement. Captured in different locations like India, Iceland, Portugal or Germany, 'One and All' is about an atmosphere we aim to achieve. It is about the emotions that things hold and radiate, rather than the motifs themselves.
am - What were you most interested in capturing with these images?
LL - We search the invisible, the essence and ambiguity of nature, objects and even the most inherent aspects of the human being. Independent of time and place, our photographs conform an aura of purity and silence, formally moving from the figurative to the most abstract, emotionally and conceptually from the natural to the mystical, and the supernatural. We want the audience to step in, to go beyond the role of the observer and dive into an experience with all senses awaken.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
LL - Pat: Painting has been my field for years so it is a big influence for me; from Morandi’s still-lifes to the imaginary of Teodora Axente or Damien Cadio. Regarding photography, I would say Gregory Halpern and Bieke Depporter, specially with her amazing last project 'Agata'. This is my answer today. I am sure I will give you a different one tomorrow morning! :)
Lukas: Wolfgang Tillmans’ work and his way to interconnect the images in exhibitions and books is definitely one of our main referents. I would also like to name some classics as Nan Goldin, Alec Soth and William Eggleston, delivering amazing works through decades. The Spanish Laia Abril with her ability to mix scientific research, archive work, objects and photography is engaging too. Besides photography, Olafur Eliasson with his research on nature is one of my favourite ones.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
LL - Pat: I go for the Asian cinema: 'In the mood for love' by the maestro Wong Kar-wai, '3-iron' by Kim Ki-duk and 'Dolls' by Takeshi Kitano.
Lukas: If i have to choose; 'Holy Motors' by Leos Carax and 'Mommy' by Xavier Dolan.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
LL - Pat: Just to say one: 'Parce Que' by Sophie Calle. Always wonderful.
Lukas: 'Subterranean River' by Łukasz Rusznica.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
LL - Thanks a lot analog magazine team for your work and support. It is a pleasure to be featured in your platform.
All images © Lemos + Lehmann