JAN OTTO SCHREIBER

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Jan Otto Schreiber 是一位来自德国汉堡的摄影师,去年,他决定前往澳大利亚。他买了张货船的票,在海上漂流了两个来月。等到船在澳大利亚的码头靠岸的时候已经沿路拍了超过250张经过的岛屿、船只和海面的照片。他花了好几周编辑、校样最终出来了14幅作品。Jan 将这个系列命名为“海岸之间,某个地方”。略微泛黄的作品中蔓延着一股怀旧气息,形成一种静谧的氛围,令人陶醉。为此假杂志专门对他做了访问,请他谈了谈这个系列和他的摄影。

 

Jan Otto Schreiber, a photographer from Hamburg, Germany, decided to explore Australia last year.  He bought a ticket aboard a Cargo Ship and embarked on his 2-month journey.  By the time he reached the Australian shore, he had taken over 250 shoots of the sea and the ships and islands passing by.  he spent weeks editing the proofs and finally ended up with a collection of 14 images. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE SHORES is the title of this project. These yellow-tinged, pale collection of photographs mimick the experience of quiet nostalgia and the subtle stillness of the ocean.

Jia Za Zhi invited him to talk about this series and his photography.

 

说说“海岸之间,某个地方”这个系列吧?想法从何而来?

这个应该被看作是“艺术”系列,但是我也不确定是什么指引着我。在货船上,你成天没事做,你又不能去打扰在工作的船员。所以我总是坐在甲板上,望着大海,希望能在地平线上记录下一些事情。当我抵达澳大利亚时,我心想,这些照片基本都差不多,差点就把30来卷胶卷扔了。但是当我看到相版的时候发现每个框里都是不一样的。

 

跟我们聊聊船上的趣闻吧?

货船就是一个小世界,他有自己的经济,也不断有事情发生。和外界隔绝的世界有点超现实——没有电子邮件、没有电话,甚至没有任何世界发生的新闻。

而且和一般的游轮不一样,这里没有宾果之夜,没有环船游览,没人摆弄风骚。这也是我之所以选择货船的原因。我知道在货船上,我就将自己置入了独特的氛围,并希望能给我灵感。那个时候我急切的想逃离现实,这正是我想要的。作为一名货船上的乘客你周围没有陌生人,大家很快就成为了朋友。

 

还记得第一次拿起相机的情景吗?为什么想成为摄影师呢?

小时候我一直想当画家,不过我觉得自己不够有天分,所以就决定进入摄影这一行。我真的很爱制造图像,现在我很享受与艺术指导们在一起工作的日子。

 

我的一个摄影师朋友告诉我他很难将商业作品和自己的创作分离开来,因为在做自己项目的时候商业的东西会在无形中渗透进来,但是你却处理的很好,是怎么做到的呢?

这需要付出加倍的时间和无数未眠的夜晚。我觉得保持艺术性很重要,因为一个摄影师应该展示给别人他/她可以创作,可以有新点子,可以激发艺术总监和艺术品买家的兴趣。

 

刚刚成为摄影师那会儿,哪些人对你产生了影响?为什么?

想想以前那会儿,我很迷一些著名的广告摄影师,像 Nadav Kander、John Offenbach、 Jim Wright,还有 Michael Schnabel(最后我做过他的助理)。他们可以周游列国,欣赏到地球上最奇特的地方,可以去常人无法进入的地方,拍摄有名和有趣的人。

 

作为摄影师,在日常生活中什么可以带给你最大的灵感?什么会让你兴奋?

我喜欢呆在户外,喜欢探险。凌晨4点半起床,爬山,5点半日出时当模特、车或者产品准备好时,就开始拍摄,这真的是很难以言喻的美好。让我兴奋的当然是薪水啦,好作品理应得到好的报酬。

 

你的摄影作品充满诗意,你有欣赏的诗人或者哲学家吗?

我热爱尼采。给我很大影响的是他的作品《人性的,太人性的》。这是一部妙语连珠的警句集,尤其是第一部分,讲形而上学和梦的解析。我喜欢挖掘梦、潜意识和感觉。我希望在“海岸之间,某个地方”这个系列中有所反映。

 

你心目中的理想生活是怎样的?

在纽约和亚洲之间跑来跑去的生活很不错。我觉得拥有独特文化的中国对我蛮有吸引力的,我希望能去那里待久一点。

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How does the idea of “Somewhere Between the Shores”  series form?

It was always supposed to be an ‘art’ project, but I wasn’t sure in what kind of direction it would lead me. On a cargo ship, there is pretty much nothing to do all day, and you can’t disturb the crew, those guys are there to work. So I spend a lot of time sitting outside and looking at the sea and waiting for little occurrences on the horizon which I documented when they felt right. When I reached the Australian shore, I thought to myself : “all those image will look the same” and I almost threw away my 30 rolls of film. The inspiration hit me when I looked at the contact sheets and every frame was different!

 

Could you please talk about the life on cargo ship for 2 months?

A cargo ship is a world of it’s own, its like a self contained economy there things happen all the time. The isolation from the rest of the world was surreal – no emails, no phone calls, and pretty much no news on what’s going on in the world.

And unlike a normal passenger boat trip, there are no bingo nights, no group tours of the boat, no one to flirt with. And that’s what I loved about the cargo ship and that’s why I chose to travel by it. I knew being on a cargo ship would put me in a unique atmosphere and I was hoping it would inspire me. At that time I urgently needed to get away and this was what I needed. As  a passenger on a cargo ship there are no strangers, you instantly become friends. I had a ball with the Filipino and Russian crew.

 

Do you still remember the first time you picked up the camera? Could you tell us why you became a photographer?

As a young boy I always wanted to become a painter, but I think I was never talented enough. So I decided it must photography. I absolutely love creating images, and nowadays I enjoy working with briefs and art direction.

 

One of my photographer friends in China told me that it is really difficult to manage it, because the commercial will interfere invisibly when you are doing a personal project. I think you handle the problem very well, how do you manage it?

It takes a lot of extra time and sleepless nights. I think the artistic side is very important, a photographer needs to show what he or she is capable to create, to come up with new ideas and to inspire art directors and art buyers.

 

Who inspired you when you realized you wanted to become a photographer? And why?

Back then I was fascinated by famous advertising photographers like Nadav Kander, John Offenbach, Jim Wright or Michael Schnabel who I eventually ended up working for. Those guys travel the world, they get to see some of the most stunning places on earth, getting access to places no one else is allowed into, shooting and meeting other famous and interesting people.

I was pretty much attracted to this kind of action and adventure and I still am.

 

As a photographer, what inspires you the most in daily life? What gets you excited?

I like to be outdoors, I like the adventure: Getting up at 4:30am – climbing up a mountain to a location and then shooting at 5:30 at sunrise when models/cars or product is ready, this is just amazing.

And of course the paycheck gets me pretty excited, good work should always be payed good and fair.

 

Your photography is poetic, do you have any poets or philosophers you admire?

I love Nietzsche.

I think I was most influenced by his ‘Human, all too Human’. It’s a fascinating collection of aphorisms in particular the first section which deals with metaphysics and deciphering the dreams. Dreams and subconscious thoughts and feelings are something I like to explore. I hope it’s reflected in ‘Somewhere between the Shores’.

 

In your mind, what would be an ideal life for you?

I’m playing with the idea of living between New York and Asia.. I’m fascinated with China and its unique culture, I’d love to spend more time there.

 

 

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Interviewed by Yuan Di, Jia Za Zhi Press