Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get your start in photography?

I grew up in Harlem, New York and I always felt like I didn’t fit in with the lifestyle of my peers, and I wanted out. I was tired of reliving the same routine over and over, with no visible progression. I wanted to live an adventurous life that was more in line with what made me feel comfortable in this world. When I took up photography in High School I realized that this could be the escape I was seeking. I trusted my gut. I started going out just to photograph, I would take pictures of everything and anything, but after a few years I became interested in documenting the people with whom I interacted and spent most of my time with. I don’t like photographing just anyone; I am interested in individuals that prefer alternative lifestyles, ones where mutual respect is at the core – people who are true to themselves. Characters of this world that live by their own rules and have a unique way of viewing life, one which is encompassed by love, chaos, compassion and the desire for some new height of excitement. My friends.



You do a lot of traveling. In your travels what has been one of your favorite places to capture?

Motel 666. This is an imaginary, self made motel that my friend and I “built” in the desert between California and Arizona. We created Motel 666 in 2016 when we were driving around and discovered an abandoned house off the side of the road. On first sight, this place was a dump, a place where there has been no life in over 50 years and everything was abandoned and decrepit, taken over by nature. To us, we saw a playground, where anything goes. We were constantly ‘remodeling’ with junk that we found and brought in from outside. Motel 666 had most of the amenities of a home, living room, ‘toilet’, sleeping quarters and even a spot to cook. It had the basics, but by no means was this a place anyone, even us, would want to spend more than two days in. The weather is unbearably hot and there is no water anywhere near, but it is a place where our imaginations went wild and we felt truly free from all social constructs.


What is it about documentary photography that attracted you?

Photography is essentially capturing a frame of our reality in a certain moment in time, weather it be fashion, photojournalism, fine arts, they’re all capturing a certain perspective of life. The difference with documentary photography: I am not in control of a single thing. I am documenting reality as it unfolds before me, photographing real people doing real things. I find more value in moments of true experience than fabricating something with a photo.



What is your creative process like?

My creative process is a difficult one to explain because I don’t really have one, or at least I haven’t been able to define it yet. I like to build trust with the individuals I choose to photograph. This is a crucial step in making photos that reflects true comfort-ability, capturing a story behind the individuals and the space in which we see them. Before shooting I tend to look around the space, see how the light and the environment interact with everything else, and then I wait for actions that I’m drawn to and find interesting in the moment. Those splits seconds between something and nothing. Those are the moments I want to capture.


Do you have a favorite photo that has an interesting story behind it and behind the subject?

This photo was taken around July or August 2014. An hour before I took this photograph I almost drowned twice in ten minutes. My friends and I where in Oregon and went for a swim in a river, one which had a cliff you could jump from. I’ll admit I was a bit too drunk and did not think much of my own swimming skills, and jumped in. It was fine until my arms felt heavy; I started to panic and began to sink. That’s when my best friend, Thibault, came to my rescue and brought me to the other side. I tried to regain my breath and swim back and once again, but the trauma from the first encounter fucked with my mind, and I started to go down again. I called for Thibault and he jumped in immediately, dragging me out. It was one of the worst times of my life. In this photograph my friend Elizabeth is on the left of the frame coming out of the water calmly and Thibualt on the right, hitting the water and causing it to splash up and express a sense of urgency. Which is what I felt at the moment, that relief of being out but also seeing how my friend jumped in to save my life without a second thought.




What can we expect to see from you in the future?

In October I will be traveling to Europe, visiting Berlin, Prague, Poland, Italy, Spain, France, England and Scotland all in a months time to finish photographing the last few photos for a photography book I have been working on for the last five years. Wish me luck.








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Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get your start taking photos?
I’ve always been intrigued with photography since I was little. But it wasn’t till I got my hands on a “real” camera, a Pentax K1000, a gift from my dad when I was 16, that my love for photography escalated. In college I took some photography classes to learn how to develop pictures and tricks to creating special effects since Photoshop was not yet around. I love journalistic and black white photography so my style began to lead down that path, until Photoshop came into my life.

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How would you describe your style of photography?
Surreal or fine art photography.

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What is your creative process like?
I used to sketch it out and try to recreate the drawing, but I found that it usually didn’t work out that way. Sometimes pictures take on a whole new concept on their own, which is fine, because they usually end up better than I originally planned. Most of the creative process is done during editing. Experimenting, and trying different ideas.

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What inspires your photographs?
Anything from paintings, movies, music videos, nature, and other photographers I admire and have been following their work for years now.

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How important a part does editing and manipulation play into the final product of a photo?
For my style of photography it plays a very important part in the final product. In surreal photography, Photoshop plays a big role to give the final product that dream-like feel, especially if the photo has added elements that are out of the norm. Some photos may require quite a bit of editing and some may require very little.


Your photographs are very painterly. What are some of your favorite paintings and painters?
Before I got into photography I did some painting, and with Photoshop I can combine my two loves of art, photography and painting. I love the style of old master paintings. I grew up watching my grandfather paint. I learned a lot about art from him, and by looking at the many art books in his collection. I don’t have any particular favorite painters or paintings. Too many to pick from and I love them all.

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What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I enjoy creating fine art/surreal photography so I will continue with that. I also enjoy colorizing and creating surreal scenes in old family black and white photographs. It takes a little more creative work and editing, but in the end it’s fun to see what you end up with. I’ve tried doing some colorizing of historical vintage black and white photos as well, which entails a lot of Photoshop and skill as I found out.  I love animals and I’ve included them in some of my photos. I would like to continue adding animals to my photos and maybe do a whole series of it.



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Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get your start taking photos?

I am trained as a sculptor, first at Minerva Academy in Groningen, the north of Holland, later I did a MFA in sculpture at Parsons School of Design in New York. During my studies in sculpture the surroundings of the work were always a very important part of the practice; where is the sculpture located, what is the context of the site. This is something that is still essential in my work. So I guess I am a photographer with a ‘sculptor-mindset’. The ideas arrive from a sculptural way of thinking, then later I registrate them as a photograph. I really like the medium of photography; that you can orchestrate the work in a certain way, search for the most suitable landscape, for the right weather circumstances.


What is your creative process like? What inspires your photographs?

I love entering the unknown. In the wilderness, I become conscious of being alive; and within foreign cultures I’m made aware of my own identity. This sense of liberation often contrasts with the fascinating traditions of the local culture. When entering and living within an unfamiliar culture for the first time, its compulsory behaviors and restraints can be felt. Within these extreme environments I’m being challenged in so many ways, nothing is obvious, not even my notion of self. I really come alive when I enter what I’d like to call the “hyper-real”.


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You still use analogue photography. Why do you prefer this method over digital?

I make my photos with an analogue medium format camera and print directly from the negative. I like this old way of producing the work, even though it is much more time consuming then the digital process. I do not feel the urge to manipulate my images in a digital way. I never felt attracted to those tools. Maybe because then the options would feel infinite. I like to work in a framework with the possibilities that are on the site. That also defines the work, and limits as well. With these limitations, you have to find solutions, improvise, to see what materials are available, what can you do with the different types of weather, etc. These effects almost look like there is some trickery done, some surreal effect.



Your image of the women in a beach in Yemen is extremely powerful. Could you tell us the story behind this image?

I really wanted to visit the island of Socotra, Yemen, because of the very special flora and fauna and its almost surreal landscapes. Just to go there and work was really tough, and would be impossible at the moment because of the civil war in Yemen. At that time, in 2014, I was lucky to discover a very nice contact, a war photographer from Sana’a assisted me and helped me to enter local society. That way I was able to meet a local family, they were my models for my photo ‘Burka Balloons’. In this photo, I wanted to create an image of women in burkas that is different from what we see in the news so much nowadays, something more joyful but also somewhat ambiguous.

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Do you have a favorite image you have taken? If so why is it your favorite?

No, I do not have a favorite photo. Some are really special to me because the circumstances have been so difficult, like living for many months in the arctic for instances. Or spending weeks traveling in an old truck in Madagascar, accompanied with a team of some Malagashy local artists, crossing the island searching for the right places, etc.


Your work focuses a lot on travel and showcasing these destinations. What is your favorite place to travel to/have traveled to?

I love the vastness of the Altiplano in Bolivia: incredible landscapes, the cloud formations at 4000 meters high. As if you are traveling in a painting of Rene Magritte. And I think it is very powerful that Bolivia, is the only country in the world that has a law that defines Mother Earth as ‘a collective subject of public interest’ and declares it as titleholder of inherent rights specified in law. You can feel in the culture the respect the Aymara people have for their surroundings.

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What can we expect to see from you in the future?

These days, being pregnant, I’ve become especially aware of my own physical state; like the tip of my nose, it always feels numb after being frozen on the arctic. Yet, it has inspired me to write a new book, about all my adventures, about the hardships and marvels I’ve encountered. I’m grateful for my temporary time-out and hope to deliver the book as well. I’m also preparing for another trip in April next year to the desolate salt flats of Bolivia. The recently evaporated lakes have inspired me to document its impact on local culture and vice versa.


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Interview – Marcus Møller Bitsch

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How did you get into photography?

Since childhood I’ve been very interested in art and crafts, but my interest in photography actually started as a documentation solution, in order to convince my parents about what I saw underwater on our annual charter vacation. I have since I was little, been incredibly happy with water and quickly mastered free-diving skills. My parents didn’t believe, as many other parents, on the things I saw under water – in advance I did tell them many fanciful tales of what I saw in my everyday life – and some of them were perhaps a little too fantastic. I got an underwater disposable camera on our holiday to Malta, at 10 years old, and it was suddenly possible to convince my skeptical parents of what I saw beneath the surface. I spent hundreds of dollars a week on underwater disposable cameras on holidays. The madness could not continue, and I got a sponsorship for digital underwater cameras 5 years after by a free-diving sponsor. Years passed and I bought a Nikon d60, which I often played with every now and then. Then, three years ago – a Wednesday, I “unfortunately” injured my knee, which meant I couldn’t practice free-diving or any other kind of sport for months. I asked myself the question, “So, what should you do now Marcus?!”. All my life I’ve pursued big passions and goals, which have taken up my spare time completely. Since I couldn’t do any kinds of sports after my injury, I decided to start a project – the 365 days project. When I started the project I began a journey in understanding the photography world, which is why I choose the day I started the project, as the day I started photographing. I started the project, because I wanted to make something out of my day, but also to pursue my newly profound passion. I wanted to learn, to discover the world of photography and to tell stories through my camera.

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What is your creative process like?

It varies. Sometimes I just stumble about a location and suddenly get an idea, and put it immediately to life. I always have different props with me in my camera bag – e.g. different kinds of fireworks, tread, cotton, and textiles. Most of the time though, I sketch down my idea, return to it days or months later, perfect it and eventually put it into life. I’m often scared of putting certain thoughts together, in fear of not making them good enough. I feel like I’m not good enough to certain of my ideas yet – due to not having the finances/time/position/models/etc. to make them perfect.

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Who are some of your favorite photographers and artists?

It changes a lot from time to time, but Tim Walker, Alex Prager and Rodney Smith are definitely some of the photographers who always make the cut. Regarding artists, I’m very fond of Michael Kvium, Renee Magritte, Elmgreen & Dragset, Peter Martensen and Edward Hopper to name a few.

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How would you describe your style of photography?

I would describe the core of my photography as minimalistic conceptual fine art. My photos are often built up on a foundation of a relatively simple concept or idea, and display some kind of surrealism. As you see in a lot of my photos, I am very fond of centrally composed static photos with a lot of negative space. Furthermore, I have started chasing the goal of not manipulating my photos — I would like to make my photos look surreal without being it.

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Which photo that you have taken is your favorite? Why?

It’s a tough question. But “UP” (2012) is undoubtedly the photo that have had must effect on my career, and do therefore means the most to me. “The self-destructive society” (2014) is also a favorite. Spent a lot of time on the symbolism as well as the scenery itself. The photo is not manipulated at all, and actually works as sculpture by itself. I did the photo while travelling about in Australia, at a rented room, so I unfortunately had to get rid of the sculpture after photographing it – since I was on the road constantly.

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Where do you find inspiration?

The short answer would be, “In everything”. It’s often very subtle things that catch my eye. It can be the color of the apple I’m eating, the shape of a leaf, or a person’s face. When I get an idea or find something interesting, I sketch it on paper in one of my several notebooks so it is easier to remember. Also, I’ve recently started to read a lot of philosophy, which is triggering deeper thoughts and inspiration. There will be many references to the books I read in my coming book, either in the form of statements or photo series.

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What did you learn about yourself as a person and as an artist on your 365 day project?

Before I began the 365 days project, I didn’t really know much about photography. It was my way to try out my newly found passion and see what the photography world was about. As my passion grew, I used the 365-day project/photography as a way to handle my feelings, thoughts and experiences. It was almost like self-therapy, so of course I learned a lot about myself. I figured out that photography was what I wanted to do and fell more and more in love with it as a visual medium.

You are currently working on a book. Could you tell me a little bit more about it and the process of putting it together?

I left my home in Denmark the 11th of September, to begin a near yearlong journey and an even longer book-project. The book will be about the idea of always searching for the place where the grass is greener.

I stood in a situation, after graduating from high school, as many others do, where I was for the first time in my life, completely free. I wasn’t a prisoner anymore, not by the school system, not by my family. I was free to do what ever I wanted. As many other young people, I decided to go on an adventure. I didn’t have much idea about where I was going. I just wanted to get as far away as possible to take full advantages of my sudden freedom. After being “imprisoned”, I strived to be independent. You always say the grass in greener on the other side, right? So what do you do, after being “locked up”? I went to Australia – the other side of the world, to find where the grass was greener.

The book is about the journey, this search for the greener grass, the realization of what “my paradise” is and the meeting with the different cultures and people’s. All this told through photo-series, statements and stories.

At the moment I’m back in Denmark working on the book. Editing photos, making new material and finishing writing. If everything works out as planed, it will be ready to be published in February 2015 – but projects of this caliber always have surprises in-store for a first timer.

The selfdestructive society (2014)

How important a part does editing and manipulation play into the final product of a photo?

I used to manipulate a lot of my work earlier on, but do nowadays strive to manipulate or edit as little as possible. This means I put a lot more work into creating the actual scene in real life, while still trying to retain the same surreal feeling. I see it like a mystery or a puzzle to be solved – how to get from A to B, without any help from Photoshop. It pushes your creativity, pushes you to see new ways of bringing the intended story to life. I love it, and it is something that can keep me awake for days.

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What can we expect from you in the future?

I just recently started working on some projects in Paris, which will be out soon. I have my first solo exhibition in Denmark coming up in the beginning of the New Year. And then the book will be published in February – if everything works out as planed – but lets see. Furthermore I have recently started to work in other mediums – primarily painting and sculpture, which you definitely will see more of in the future.

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To learn more about Marcus:

Interview – Spencer McKinney

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How did you get into photography?

I’ve always been interested in photography in one way or another, I just never had the means to afford a camera earlier on, you know? (Not that you need a fancy camera) My MySpace days were probably the beginning. I would spend hours taking photos and animating them and trying to make the coolest profile picture. I used my flip phone at the time and cheap digital cameras from Wal-Mart. I didn’t really consider photography until after I graduated high school. My first younger sister was on the way and my dad wanted a nice DSLR to capture her birth. A couple of months after she was born, my dad didn’t pick up the camera much so he eventually gave it to me

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You do a lot of black and white photography. Why the attraction to this type of photography?

I will admit that earlier on it was because of my frustration with colors, but now I’ve just fallen in love with black and whites. They have such a classic element. A good black and white image is so captivating to me. I also feel like I have more freedom with detail and contrast in black and whites.

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What do you look for in your subjects?

I love models/subjects who bring a lot of emotion to a photo. I don’t like everything to be pretty. I love movement and intensity.

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You do a lot of portraits. What do you hope to capture in your subjects?

I hope to capture emotions mostly. Those are always my favorite photos.

What inspires your photography?

I’m so inspired by faces. I love celebrating and focusing on the differences in features.

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Who are some of your favorite artists/photographers?

Billy Kidd is definitely my favorite photographer. He produces such an effortless cool that I’m ridiculously in love with. He just seems to have a connection with his models and produces incredible results. I’m actually close friends with another one of my favorites, Lauren Withrow. Her work is incredibly inspiring, raw and beautiful.

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Have a favorite photo that you have taken? Any projects?

I would say the photos I’m always happiest with are the photos I’ve taken of Angela Longton. She is just incredible at emoting and creating incredible images. She’s so easy to work with.

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What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I’m in New York at the moment and I’m so excited about getting to work with other artists here. I want to start focusing on putting together more editorials. I would love to start shooting more men as well! I recently shot an incredible guy named Blake Ballard and he was so great to shoot with. I just want to keep shooting and creating photos that I’m proud of.

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Photos via. Spencer McKinney

Interview – Sarah Ann Loreth


How did you get into photography?

I wish I had a really interesting story to tell, like I picked up my first camera and the stars aligned and it was meant to be. But my story isn’t that interesting. I had gotten a camera for Christmas one year and never really thought to use it beyond a few macro shots of slugs, spices, and flowers. I had been working in an operating room for a few years by then and a lot of my time was spent at work. A relationship I had ended and I needed a bit of a distraction so I bought myself a tripod and remote and started doing really shy self portraits in my kitchen against the blank white wall. I was always very shy but self portraiture became a way to channel my emotions through art. I found that by playing different characters I was learning more about myself. Eventually I started posting my work to social media and I got such a good response I just keep going and kept creating.


What is your creative process like?

I keep notebooks on me at all times that I use to write down inspiration and photo ideas for future use. I read a lot of poetry and philosophy which keeps my mind open and active to all possibilities. Then I just wait for the best locations to execute the ideas! I try to get as descriptive as possible in my notebooks and even draw out the concepts for ease of shooting. It really cuts down on my shooting time. Then it’s just a matter of bringing those photos into Photoshop.

You seem to experiment a lot in your photos with different themes and styles of photo and editing. Is there anything that you are looking forward to experimenting with? Any favorite new experiences in photo?

I’m always trying to experiment with color. Trying to portray emotions and stories best through brilliant pops of color. I’ve been working a lot lately in a wider crop to give the stories I create a more cinematic feel, like stills from a movie. I’m excited to play around more with that and let my style grow and develop, one picture at a time. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the last four months visiting so many iconic parks and beautiful locations and I’ve found a new appreciation in landscapes and the technique behind them.


Who are some of your favorite photographers and artists?

I’ve traveled extensively with Joel Robison and Shane Black who are both incredible photographers. We’ve spent the last two summers together traveling around North America hosting workshops along the way. We call ourselves The Wild Ones Tour and together we have traveled over 28,000 miles and hosted more than twenty workshops. I love the feel of Elizabeth Gadd‘s photos which always leave me with a wanderlust. I love the stories and emotion in Sally Mann and Gregory Crewdson and I find a lot of inspiration in them.

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How would you describe your style of photography?

I would describe my photography as fine art or conceptual portraiture. I love to tell a story through a photo with very strong emotion to draw the viewer in. I try to give my photos a bit of reality to them often in a wider more cinematic crop that tells a strong story.

Which photo that you have taken is your favorite? Why?

Any photo that looks exactly like how I had imagined is my favorite. You know when things just turn out the way you had planned? It’s a satisfying feeling. There is one in particular where I had lugged my camera to the top of some sand dunes in Idaho last summer. It was so hot. And the dunes were steep and hard to climb. I snapped a few self portraits and the wind picked up and blew my dress and hair and everything turned out wonderfully.


Where do you find inspiration?

Although I am a visual artist, most of my inspiration comes from writing and philosophy. If I’m really stuck for ideas I’ll open one of my favorite books of poetry, put my finger on one of the lines and try to create a story to visually translate that idea. I find inspiration in phrases and interesting words strung together. I find inspiration in being attentive to song lyrics.

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You do a lot of portraits. What do you look for in your subjects?

Almost all of my photos are of myself, my friends, and fellow photographers. I love having other photographers pose for me. They are always so aware of their angles, how to pose, and are always so willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot. I’ve always been very shy so I tend to choose people I trust and whose stories I know.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I hope to continue co-hosting the annual Wild Ones Workshop Tour to continue to build a brilliant community of photographers. I hope to continue to travel. I hope to continue to allow my style to grow. I hope to move to the west coast and find gallery representation. I hope to continue to live my photography dreams.

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All images via. Sarah Ann Loreth

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