Aug 16, 2017
Tal is a young Israeli photographer and Visual Communication student who creates melancholic and mysterious images that remain atemporal, images that could belong to a long distant past but also to our present times. And it is precisely this atemporality that allures us and makes us wonder about the thoughts and circumstances of the sitters, where some of them adopt defiant poses and others seductive looks. In this way, we can say that Tal’s images are like short poems, each of them containing its own narrative.
Following we present a short interview that we have with Tal:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
TM - My name is Tal, I’m 25 years old. I grew up in a southern city in Israel. At the moment I’m a visual communication student at Shankar college of engineering and design in the center of Israel.
am - How did you start in photography?
TM - Photography attracted me from an early age, but I think it really started when I was 17, when we were on a school trip. I felt like I should capture every moment the way I wanted to remember it. Since I was little I had the need to collect all kinds of little things (like cards and notes or symbolic souvenirs) that would remind me of the day or place from which it was taken. At first the camera was another way to keep doing it; to capture memories. today it’s a way for me to convey a story. A few years ago I found my father’s old soviet camera, it was a Zenit ET – a 35mm film SLR camera. I fell in love with this medium ever since.
am - What inspires your work?
TM - Nature, books, poetry, conversations, music and of course INTERNET.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
TM - Maisie Cousins, Prue Stent, Michaël Borremans, Rineke Dijkstra, Michal Chelbin, Jean-Baptiste Courtier, Ren Hang.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
TM - Gloomy, delicate, uncanny.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
TM - I mostly draw, bake, read books and eat cereals.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
TM - It’s really hard for me to point out a favorite musician. Every musician on my playlist has a different impact on me and it depends on many variables. My eternal favorites are Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Sufjan Stevens, John Frusciante, Nick Cave and Nick Drake. Some musicians from my playlist today are: Benjamin Clementine, Marika Hackman, Ólafur Arnalds and Ludovico Einaudi.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
TM - A touching, restrained, beautiful Norwegian film by Joachim Trier. “Oslo, August 31st”
am - What is your favourite photo book?
TM - Self-Portraits by Vivian Maier.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.