I like old, not entirely descent pictures. I collect silent movies; I admire their melodrama and over reacting. It seems like nobody likes silent movies anymore, but I simply worship it – it is braver than modern cinema.” – Ellen von Unwerth.
While being teenager, she worked at circus, later became a model and finally unexpectedly emerged in a world of photography. Despite that Ellen Von Unwerth doesn’t have education as professional photographer, her photos are immensely suggestive, unique and stands out with its obvious style.
Her photo series is lustful and effeminate but at the same time frivolous and full of action. Photographer says that freedom, pleasure and emotionality are most important things while working. Although she is attributed to fashion photography, her photos always have their story and action, while brand and accessories are left at second plan.
I don’t do photographs with a wish to receive reactions like – ‘Wow, look at that dress!’. — Ellen von Unwerth
She started her career by surprise. While being a model, she dated a photographer. Later, while living together, he showed her how to process film. Finally, one day he gave her photo camera as a gift and showed which button makes it work and how to load film into it. Ellen then started making pictures for her pleasure, while modeling overboard or just during vacations.
It took only 14 days for her first photo to be published. Girl surprised her friends and even more – herself. After, her photos were published in such magazines as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and became the face of such advertising campaigns as Guess, Victoria’s Secret, H&M ir Miu Miu. Author also released a couple of books: “Snaps”, “Couples”, “Wicked”, “Revenge” and Omahyra & Boyd.
Artist doesn’t stop with photography – she also directs movies.
- What do you think about digital photography?
- I don’t like digital photography. I will use film as long as it will be made. I don’t think you can do work faster with digital camera. You can get photograph instantly, but retouching takes forever, and it isn’t even cheaper, because retouching isn’t cheap. So I really don’t know why it is being said that using a digital camera is better than a film camera. Using film you can get unexpected effect and pleasantly surprise yourself.
Tools: Nikon and Contax photo cameras.
Kodak Tri-X film.
Favorite: 35mm Nikon.
When she can, she chooses black and white film without doubt.
Renkantis modelius jai svarbiausia ne išvaizda, o asmenybė. Norinčios pas ją papulti merginos turi turėti velniuką savyje, nebijoti rizikuoti ir vaidinti. Darbas grupėje, pilnas atsipalaidavimas ir fantazija — pagrindinė fotografės sėkmes priežastis.