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Artist of the month: celebrating the festive season with gen Y photographer Antonia Mayer

The streets are now lined with glittering fairy lights, the flower stores have begun stocking up on deliciously smelling pine trees and the cities are slowly being pulled out of the winter dullness and into the Christmas spirit.

The hol­i­day sea­son is well and tru­ly upon us and to cel­e­brate Frame of Mind has asked gen­er­a­tion Y pho­tog­ra­ph­er Anto­nia May­er to pro­duce a series of gold­en fes­tive themed stills. We sat down with the pho­tog­ra­ph­er behind the dream like images in pho­tog­ra­phy books Being Y’ and Dos Almos’ to see how she’ll be soak­ing up the fes­tiv­i­ties this month.

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How old were you when you first start­ed tak­ing pho­tos? What prompt­ed this?
I was tak­ing pho­tos since I was around 14 years old, but I start­ed to take it seri­ous when I got my first 35mm film cam­era for my 18th birthday.

If there was a time you could go back to in your life when would it be and why?
If I could trav­el in time I would rather go 15 years to the future for a day, that would make some deci­sions easier.

You’ve pub­lished two books with your images both based around the con­cept of youth in dif­fer­ent cul­tures. Why are you fas­ci­nat­ed by this top­ic?
I start­ed to doc­u­ment the lives of my friends about four years ago at an age where one starts to eman­ci­pate from home and devel­op into cer­tain direc­tion. Back then I start­ed to real­ize that it’s a very inter­est­ing and emo­tion­al time we are all going through and I began to put my focus on peo­ple in my age and their habits and char­ac­ter­is­tics. Also, I thought it would be inter­est­ing to por­trait Gen­er­a­tion Y’ from an auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal view and ques­tion its definition.

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What is your next project you’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing on?
I’m very fas­ci­nat­ed with Lour­des. It‘s such a strange place and I’m plan­ning to spend some time there, take some pic­tures and hope­ful­ly wit­ness a miracle.

Some­thing you wish you knew about the pho­tog­ra­phy indus­try before you went into it…
I should have lis­tened more care­ful­ly at the econ­o­my class when they talked about tax­es and accountancy.

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How do you get your sub­jects to act nat­ur­al when pho­tograph­ing por­traits?
It always depends on the per­son. I like to take my time, start a con­ver­sa­tion and every now and then take a pic­ture with­out instruct­ing much. But some peo­ple need to be giv­en direc­tions, because they wouldn’t feel com­fort­able otherwise.

The most cre­ative city you’ve ever vis­it­ed is…

How did you find the two men you pho­tographed in Dos Almas?
Tito is a Bic­i­taxe­ro.’ He dri­ves a trishaw­taxi in Havan­na. He drove my friends and I to a restau­rant and when we came out again he was still wait­ing there, after that drove us every­where. We became friends and he then intro­duced us to his best friend Taque­chi. Thanks to them we had the chance to expe­ri­ence Havan­na from a point of view that is not so easy to access as tourists.

What are your favorite areas to vis­it in the Neubau area?
I like walk­ing through Spit­tel­berg, espe­cial­ly in the night when it’s even more peace­ful and qui­et. It’s like a movie setting.

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What is your num­ber one Christ­mas tra­di­tion?
Play­ing the one and only song I can play on a gui­tar (“Ihr Kinder­lein kom­met”), have my fam­i­ly sing to it and then putting the gui­tar back into its case for yet anoth­er year.

What will your Christ­mas din­ner table con­sist of?
There have to be pas­tries of Demel which are over­priced, but worth it. Then there is fish and two dif­fer­ent types of pota­to sal­ads because my sis­ter and I have dif­fer­ent opin­ions on that. And for dessert there is my mother’s Grand Manier par­fait. It’s exact­ly like this every year.

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How do you trav­el? Do you research before going to a des­ti­na­tion or just pre­fer to explore?
I do like to read about the des­ti­na­tions I’m going to, but it’s still very impor­tant to me to not plan it all out and let myself float a little.

Where can we find you on a Sun­day?
Either in bed or at Piz­za Mari.

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06 Dec 2016 · neubau eyewear