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It is an infinite pleasure to have our Q&A answered by the ingenious Mr. Axel Hoedt – a citizen of Freiburg im Breisgau as being born there in 1966. He studied photo design at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and since 1999 he made the decision to live and work in London. Needless to say that he has been awarded a multitude of top notch awards in the field of photography. His work is meticulously choreographed yet the viewer would not be able to grasp the setting at first sight; there is always a thin line between a portrait and a documentary, between art and reality, between the surreal and the fiction.
Qompendium: Your favorite camera?
Axel Hoedt: SINAR P2 , 4x5inch
What does photography do to you?
gives a backache, makes me happy, makes me think, kicks my a**e….
What trait do you dislike in other photographers?
not being obsessed, not being genuine
Copyright - what does that mean to you?
Respecting the ideas, and the work of others.
Who would you like to work on a project with?
John Lydon, John Cooper Clarke, Walter Van Beirendonck, Annie Clark
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Digital or analogue?
… anything that comes to mind and is at hand…. just use it…
not for me.
When were you happiest?
...pulling a great polaroid, until someone (usually me) starts asking: “Does it make any sense? , …..does it fit? …..what is its purpose?
What is your greatest fear?
having to see all my loved ones die
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
playing people, and not being genuine...
What is your most treasured possession?
my old Teddy bear.
Where would you like to live in the future?
wouldn’t change a thing , so would still be right here in London.
What would your super power be?
turning bullets into marshmallows, disarming the world. F**k the weapon trade...
What makes you depressed?
loads but right now the outcome of the European elections, and the vast amount of stupid selfish people.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
What is your favorite smell?
a mixture of wild thyme, dry grass, and dry cowshit
Cat or dog or God?
anything, but right now definitley cat.
Is it better to receive or give?
depends, but nothing wrong with a good present…
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
What do you owe your parents?
loads, but definitely the freedom to be me.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
If you could edit your past what would you change?
not much, apart from being a more outgoing teenager
being able to have a few more in depth conversations with people before they die
living in the moment
being a musician …. so yes, not much … ;-)
What keeps you awake at night?
How would you like to be remembered?
not giving in, being me.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
enjoy the ride … (not there yet but am definitely getting better)
How does sexuality play a role in your work?
all depends on the person you play with, and how you feed on each other...
but mostly in a very subtle kind of way...
Do you find you explore aspects of yourself through your subjects?
isn’t this the whole point of photography ….?
Black and White vs. Color.
am always trying for color, and am mostly ending up using a black and white image.
Give an instance where you have benefited from failure.
there is usually a fair amount of trial and error, aka a playfull approach to photography, but the most significant failure was
a double exposure for the “Once a year” Series, by my assistant who forgot to unload the already exposed film.
Men or Women?
Is there an aspect of photography that you find "primal"?
in a way the need to search, and to keep surely are. Whether this applies to photographic images,
or is already a step ahead, is something i am not sure about. The process originally surely is.
Do you care what other people think?
Yes i do. Even though most of times my friends think that i am a stubborn bastard that doesn’t…