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BEHIND THE SCENES

02.03.2018

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Surreal and sculptural – in their Flash & Bones series, photographers AnaHell and Werner Amann staged themselves in the natural setting of the Greek island of Milos. AnaHell speaks about the project and about how their individual styles and practices fused to create a whole.

How did you and Werner Amann connect?
Werner and I first got in touch over a shooting idea on social media, but it didn’t work out cause I wasn’t in Berlin at the time. Then we met in person, just by chance, when I was exhibiting at a party in Berlin. Since then we’ve shot a few different things together, including a short series in Fuerteventura.

What was it like working together on the Flash & Bones series?
It’s fun working with Werner because he’s more technical and works in a more meticulous way than I do: I’m quite fast and spontaneous/impatient when shooting. I think his lighting is really psychedelic and it adds an extra touch of surrealism to the images. After shooting the series in Fuerteventura we wanted to try something like that again, and that’s how we decided to work on the Flash & Bones series in Milos.

In what way did you two photographers influence each other?
I like to always look for something a bit strange or find a body position that looks slightly unnatural or surreal, and many of my images have poses that are somewhat static. Werner has more of a documentary approach - even when his photos are staged, they appear natural and have a certain kind of movement. Since we both shoot so differently I think the result becomes interesting, because it’s a combination of two very different approaches. The common ground that we share is color.

Did you ever try black and white? What does color mean to you?
I shot in black and white for many years, and in my daily life I usually find colors a bit disturbing. But in a photograph I think colors can be great sensory stimulants and storytellers.

How do you compose your motifs? Most of the time, the location seems to play a big role – as was the case in Flash & Bones.
It really depends on each project, but generally the location and my models play a big part in the creation process. With Flash & Bones we used a very colorful approach and played a lot with nature and the environment that we were in.

You can find the series in LFI 02/2018.
AnaHell & Werner Amann
Photographer AnaHell in Milos
Behind the scenes
Photographer AnaHell in Milos
Behind the scenes
Photographer Werner Amann in Milos
AnaHell & Werner Amann

AnaHell & Werner Amann

AnaHell and Werner Amann

Spanish photographer AnaHell was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1984. She studied Art in Malaga and then worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2009 she became a self-taught photographer.

www.anahell.com

Born in Kösching in 1969, Werner Amann completed studies in Film and Photo Design at a specialised college in Dortmund. In 2010 his book American won first prize at the Fotobookfestival Kassel.

www.werneramann.com
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