Catharina Caprino + Asia
Still life photographer Catharina Caprino grew up in her grandfathers film studio surrounded by cameras, light, amazing set designs and a collection of highly creative people. For her, photography became a natural choice of profession. In 1998 she moved to New York to work for Irving Penn and after 7 years of assisting some of the world's most famous photographers, she started her own career back home in Oslo. Catharina does almost all of her own set design and styling, and her highly considered lighting is an integral part of the work.
She is in constant search of original simplicity and the beauty in all objects.
"Positions" is a still life series especially created for the 2017 Uncontaminated exhibition. The series of images explores objects out of context. It is exhibited at restaurant Asia in Aker Brygge.
U: Who are you and what do you do?
CC: Catharina Caprino, I am a photographer.
U: What characterize you work? How would you describe your personal style?
CC: I specialize in still life photography and do almost all set design and styling myself. together with highly considered lighting it gives my work a personal and characteristic style. I would say it’s colourful, clean and elegant, but always carry a certain warmth and edge.
U: How do your own experiences influence your work?
CC: Growing up in my grandfathers film studio just outside Oslo I very early saw the excitement of a creative environment and work. Photography became a natural choice later on. Through 10 years of assisting others I learned how much patience and work it takes to create a perfect still life image, and I love that challenge.
U: What will you be showing at the uncontaminated festival?
CC: "Positions", a series of still life images, exploring objects out of context.
U: What do you want to communicate through your work? Is there a message - political or otherwise?
CC: I want my work to be open tableaus for the viewer to interpret freely.
U: Do artists of today have some kind of of social responsibility?
CC: I think artists should be creatively free.
U: What does uncontaminated mean for you?
U: What is the most important thing in your life?
U: How do you feel right now?
CC: Tired, but very happy to have created this series of images for Uncontaminated.
U: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?
CC: I wouldn’t know how to pick just one thing.
U: What are the main reasons you are joining us for the festival this year?
CC: It was the perfect opportunity to create new personal work.
U: What is the most important drive for you to create and why?
CC: Although my creative process consists of working against a considerable amounts of resistance, I thrive on the feeling of having created a good image.
U: Who or what do you value as a great inspiration for you creatively?
CC: It could be anything, but other photographers, artists and designers inspire me every day.
U: Can you elaborate on an important moment in your life where you experienced a big change, chose to make one or another event which altered your way of thinking or your approach to creativity ?
CC: By luck my first assisting job was with a still life photographer in Oslo, G.B. Alessandri. After working with him for 3 years I got a job with Irving Penn in New York. These work experiences made me fall in love with still life photography.
U: How does digital and social media affect or inspire your life and creations?
CC: It gives me an amazing transparency into different creative processes which is an endless source of inspiration.
U: How do you define art?
CC: When I see art I feel it.
U: What is your definition of artistic freedom?
CC: No outside limitations.
U: Is there a difference for you between art and commercial/commissioned work?
CC: Yes, my personal work gives me room to push the boundaries further.
U: Do you struggle to find artistic freedom in the span between commissioned work and your personal needs to express yourself?
CC: No, I'm lucky to get commissioned work based on my personal style and creativity.
U: What do you aspire to? In the near future? In life in general?
CC: Being able to keep making a living by being creative.
U: How do you feel art and fashion intervient?
CC: Great fashion is art in my opinion.
U: What is a great example of a fashion art collaboration in your view?
CC: Irving Penn and Issey Miyake
U: Where do you think art and fashion is heading in our digital age?
CC: I think it will be even harder to be original, but new and interesting expressions will emerge.