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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…
Havan­na.

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 Dez. 2016 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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