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IT’S A BIT LIKE THERAPY

  • Text Kristin Fichtner
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    Kristin Fichtner

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    “Ich finde meine dissoziative Identitätsstörung interessanter als alles, was diese Stadt mir ununterbrochen ins Gesicht kotzt.”

    (Helene Hegemann)

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  • Photo Jolan Kieschke
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    Jolan Kieschke

    Photographer

    Jolan Kieschke was born in northern Germany in 1987, where she also spend her youth. Raised by the Baltic sea only a stone‘s throw away, she still feels happiest close to the sea. Nevertheless she now enjoys living and working in beautiful Berlin.

Piece of Me

Jolan and I both come from the northern part of Germany, but our paths came to cross here in Berlin. When I visited Jolan in her apartment, I immediately noticed the great analogue photographs. I knew that Jolan was a photographer, but I had never seen her work before. Spontaneously I asked Jolan, whether she would fancy a little interview… Here we go

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LET’S START WITH THE STANDARD QUESTION: HOW DID YOU START WITH PHOTOGRAPHY?

 

My parents are both journalists, i got in touch with the media world at an early age. The summer when I was 16 years old I had an urgent need to capture the time and started to consequently discover the camera on my own. The process of growing up felt so intense at that time and I wanted to capture that time. The camera was the perfect medium for it.

My purpose was not consciously artistic, everything just happened by itself. If you take a picture you automatically make a decision. I have made my decision very intuitively. It was the sentimental value of the pictures that attracted me and still does, so I started taking pictures for the sake of the picture and not to capture the moment. That was the beginning and since then my camera is always with me.

WHAT DO YOU EXACTLY MEAN BY;  THE SAKE OF THE PICTURE? WHAT IS THE APPEAL FOR YOU?

 

Probably it´s the constant search of something that I don´t really know. It´s the desire to reveal a kind of mystery. But I´m not focusing on explaining the world to anyone. It´s quite the contrary; I´m more interested in the little things. Afterwards, when I have the pictures in my hand I realize that the pictures are telling something about myself as it was my own secret that is revealed ahead of myself. Or even; it creates new secrets about myself. This is very exciting. It´s not about the search for the perfect picture. Photography helps me explain the world and the camera is my connection to the world.

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IS YOUR AIM TO EXPLAIN YOUR VIEW ON THE WORLD WITH YOUR PICTURES?

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Maybe. But however it´s hard to find an answer because many artists want to express themselves through a certain originality and a generalizable statement which should have  a meaning for everything and everybody is able to understand it. I try to focus on my subjective view to see the world. This is more honest. But I´m not sure if people see that additional value in my work.

I think everybody is searching for the truth about themselves and their position in society. While I studied politics it was all focused on finding the correct demand of everything: The generalized statement of how to solve problems or provide them. It seems to be strange from which point of view we assessed the “right thing”.

I believe in incredible numbers of truth. It´s never black or white it´s always something between. I only rely on my subjective feelings and try to develop the world from this point of view. But I would never put myself in the position to assert that I have found the truth and want to explain it to others. It all about my personal view of the world from my own position about which I´m often not aware of it. So the viewer of my pictures has the possibility to understand my work. Of course I feel happy when somebody is getting touched by my work.

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DO YOU MEAN THE ONLY HONEST IS YOURSELF?

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It´s like a diary. I document what happens in my daily life and reflect on it. Sometimes I don´t understand myself, so the camera is a good instrument to communicate with the world. I often ask myself who I really am. That special feeling I have when I wake up and have no idea what will happen to me. What can I do with this day because everything is possible. Sometimes when I have too much thoughts I turn the camera over and take a picture of myself. I catch something what I don´t really know what it actually is. I hope that through the further process something will arise. I love to photograph analog because I spend a long time with developing the images. The process of developing is long until I have the result in my hand. During that time I have a constant debate with myself and what I experience. That makes me feel good, it´s a bit like therapy with a camera.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORK?

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My Grandmother is very important to me, and the series I shot with her means a lot.  There is a large time span between us, she is 90 years old and I´m only 26. There is an incredible amount of life between us. I often visit her and this time I luckily had packed my “point and shoot” camera. We started to sort out her things because she was moving. Then we began to try her clothes on. We stood in front of the mirror and she became more and more relaxed and we laughed a lot.

This was such a special and beautiful moment I wanted to capture and keep as a memory. I started making pictures and during that one hour a great series was created.

It definitely was a breakthrough for our relationship and I got to know her better and our relation became more intense. And I got to know myself better.

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NOW YOU ARE STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY AT “OSTKREUZSCHULE” HOW DID YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO PHOTOGRAPHY CHANGE?

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Once you start to get professional with something you start reflecting in a different way and your claim is changing. Back then, I didn’t think about in which way I photographed. It was spontaneous and very honest. Since I got professional it´s difficult not to focuse on a specific ideal. I don´t have this childish and naive relationship to the photography any longer. I miss it but other than that I’m very grateful for all the things I´m learning. The most important thing is to stay true to yourself and work professional.

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I IMAGINE THAT IT COULD BE DIFFICULT TO HAVE ALL THIS KNOWLEDGE IN YOUR MIND. HOW DO YOU SORT IT ?

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During my production I try to keep my thoughts away and try to be free in my mind. I rely on my feelings. I keep it simple and don´t think about the result. I try to keep the process free of rating and try to separate it from the later discussions about the images. The feedback of my professor and everybody else is important to me. But I also have to learn to switch off all these theoretical things in the right moment. Although they have to be a part but should´t hinder me while I´m photographing. For me photography should be intuitive and honestly.

The best case it is the extension of my eyes and arms. Something very natural. But this is a high standard. The pictures I don´t really think about, are the best

www.jolankieschke.com

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