Interview #417: Carlos Lowenstein
Fix your gaze on Carlos Lowenstein’s contemplative compositions, soothing tones and all the shades in between in his black and white images.
q: Tell us a little about yourself:
a: I’m originally from Caracas, Venezuela. I studied filmmaking and work as a commercial editor (as in editing TV spots). I started taking pictures more seriously in 2007 and I think part of what I fell in love with was the individual nature of the photographic process in contrast to the collaboration that’s involved in any film-making.
q: There’s a certain quality of structure in your compositions and a blankness in the greys you portray in your photography. What do you want to show with your images?
a: I am fascinated by the photograph’s ability to create fictions. It’s mysterious to me and also a little addictive. I love this process by which you can take the world away from its context and create this new mysterious object, this picture that now evokes all these different emotions in the viewer. And then you pair one picture with another and the whole thing changes again and creates new meanings. I like the idea of building this big archive of monochrome pictures and building a puzzle that can’t be solved.
And yes, I like the greys!
q: I feel like you are searching for an aesthetic in the fleeting moments that happen everyday in the streets. Do you feel like editing or selection is an important part of your creative process?
a: Yes. Editing the pictures changes them. I like the idea of presenting these images in different versions as time goes on. Maybe there will never be a “final” edit.
q: Photographic equipment?
a: I shot for many years with a Leica M6 and a 50mm summicron. I recently switched to a digital camera but I’m not sure I’ve found the one, yet :)
q: Any upcoming projects or ideas?
a: Lately I’ve been editing some images with a more quiet vibe into a project named Sunday. It comes from a more mellow contemplative state, maybe. I’m not sure, it’s still early.
q: Any new music to recommend?
a: I’m really loving Helado Negro’s new record, Double Youth.