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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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