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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.

Café Ora, Kreuzberg: "On my road, in a beautiful old pharmacy, close enough to drag myself there even when it's freezing and I have the flu."

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.

Britta's library: "Fiction is the very definition of escape from reality, and of course much more than that."

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.

FSK Kino, Kreuzberg: "I sometimes finish work mid afternoon, the FSK is the perfect place for those wintry twilight hours before everyone else finishes work/the heating comes on in my apartment. One of the best selections of independent films in Berlin too."
Britta's bath: "An obvious one, winter blues busting colorful bath salts (from the kids section so hopefully not too toxic) tend to add to the experience."
21 Feb 2018 · neubau eyewear