Pho­to­gra­pher Brit­ta Bur­ger on bea­ting the Ber­lin win­ter blues

Britta Burger, the Austrian photographer famous for her 10-year portrait series (amongst other exciting projects) spends life between London and Berlin.

No stran­ger to the har­sh wea­ther con­di­ti­ons and dark days that engulf the­se coun­tries for several mon­ths of the year, we chat­ted to Bur­ger all about her win­ter escapes and vices. From kee­ping busy crea­tively to chil­ling out and going ski­ing in the Alps, Bur­ger makes the most of the­se fros­ty mon­ths, inspi­ring us to do the same. Cru­cial­ly, we find out how her pho­to­graphs, which are known for brea­king the bounda­ries and cap­tu­ring femi­nin­i­ty” through the ages are influ­en­ced by dif­fe­rent wea­thers. And we lear­ned about her secret pla­ces to escape the win­ter tristesse.

Wha­t’s your favou­rite city to take pho­tos in over win­ter?
I tend to take fewer pho­tos in win­ter due to the lack of light. But I’m obses­sed with snow, and big, not over­ly pret­ty cities in the snow are incredi­b­ly pho­to­ge­nic. So far I’ve taken a few good sno­wy pic­tures in Ber­lin and London.

Pho­to­gra­phy is such a rea­list art form. How do you find escape in taking pho­tos?
The end result might look rea­list, but taking pho­tos I always feel I’m crea­ting my own world. You look through the view­fin­der and ever­ything else cea­ses to exist. In that sen­se it’s the per­fect escape.

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How does win­ter fashion influ­ence your pho­to­gra­phy?
From a fashion point of view, I pre­fer win­ter clothes, the­re are more pos­si­bi­li­ties in terms of tex­tu­re and laye­ring, the­re’s more fab­ric to work with. For the kind of por­trait style pho­to­gra­phy I do it can get too much though so I try to make sure the clothes don’t over­power the person.

How do you avoid the win­ter blues?
I go ski­ing in the Alps at least twice every winter.

What pro­jects do you have com­ing up that rea­ders can look for­ward to see­ing over the­se cold mon­ths?
I’m working on a new Ber­lin boys zine and a more inter­na­tio­nal women’s pro­ject, not sure I’ll finish them both in the cold mon­ths, you might have to wait until the summer.

21 Feb. 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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