Interview | Axel Engström

Regelmäßige Leser dieses Blogs wissen vielleicht schon, dass ich normalerweise kein großer Fan von Bildern bin, bei denen digital zuviel nachgeholfen wurde. Dieser Standpunkt hat sich jedoch etwas verändert, nachdem ich die Fotografien von Axel Engström zum ersten Mal gesehen habe. Die passende Erklärung zu seinen Arbeiten liefert er auch gleich selbst mit: “With one foot in romance, dreams and ethereal elegance and the other one firmly fitted in pure rock n’ roll I shape my artistic footprint.”

Da mir die Aufnahmen schon seit längerem nicht mehr aus dem Kopf gehen und ein gewöhnlicher Beitrag nicht angemessen schien, bat ich ihn um ein Interview.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself – where are you from and when did you start becoming interested in photography?
I’m quiet ethereal elegance.
I’m systematic rock’n’roll chaos.
I’m the flamboyant dancer and your wildest wildcard.
I was born and raised in a small town in Sweden. I picked up photography a couple of years ago but I’ve been interested in estethics for as long as I can remember.

How do you describe your style of work?
It is style, style & style. And blasphemy to some. I’m 666 in 501s.

Which cameras do you use?
I use whatever I can get my hands on. I’d choose ridiculously priced models and a ridiculously priced stylist before any ridiculously priced camera any day. With that said, I’ve got a fullframe Canon. It’s big and black. Everybody knows that black is cool. I use that camera a lot. It’s cool.

What do you do in your free time?
I work. Of course. And enjoy adrenaline.

Your favourite photographers?
Photographers bore me. I often look elsewhere for inspiration. But If I have to choose I’d choose some avantgarde and arty stuff. I know it’s pretentious and a bit ThomYork-isch but I like it. Tough luck for me. But, Paolo Roversi, Nick Knight, Andre Brink & Solve Sundsbro all bring something interesting and truly inventive to the table. And that’s nice.

Where do you get your inspirations from?
I get creative energy from being amongst creative people. Dreamers who’re trying to realize their goals no matter what. I’ve got a bad case of hybris and like to be amongst likeminded people.
Music is a great source for inspiration as well. Try Madonnas album Like A Prayer or Diamond Eyes by the Deftones, they rock! Right now I’ve got The Allman Brothers Band in my player. Blues make me wanna get older and more depressed and then make something good with all the crap. What kind of Inspiration I use depends on the mood I’m in and what I’m trying to create. It’s all very artyfarty.

Your future plans/projects?
World domination.
Other than that I’m working on some more high-end glossy publications that’s still at a very secret stage and putting the final touches to an exibition coming up in Los Angeles in January.

All images © Axel Engström