Tell us what your new book 'Schicksal' is about. What can we expect?
Schicksal is a project that I began working on 15 years ago. I'd go to concerts with a 35mm snapshot camera and my 6x6 medium format camera and document different youth and music scenes across England, shooting portraits of kids on black and white film. Wrong Studio approached me about collaborating on a new book project, and together we worked on rephotographing the original contact sheets with a macro lens, deliberately keeping them soft and out of focus, and zooming into the original images to create abstract compositions. The title of the project is German for fate / destiny, and was inspired by my fascination with the Brothers Grimm cautionary fairy tales.
Speaking of the Brothers Grimm, can you tell us more about your trip to Schwarzwald - The Black Forest?
I went in search of a breadcrumb trail, hoping to find something mysterious that would nod to the stories I read. I spent a few days out there by myself, walking around, enjoying the solitude and shooting the sinister and densely wooded landscapes. I found a heart with the initials H+G crudely scratched into a wooden wall panel inside a traditional Black Forest house. Allowing myself to get lost in a forest and finding my way out again was a cool experience.