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Johann Clausen

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PHOTOGRAPHY Johann Clausen PROPS LIGHT Broncolor RETOUCHING Nitty Gritty CAMERA Leica S (Typ 007) with APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120 f/2.5 (CS)

Still-life photographer Joahnn Clausen is constantly exploring everyday objects. At times abstract, at times eccentric or humorous, he uses his lens to lend them a new dimension and aesthetic look. In his 'Fishing’ series, the focus is on fishing hooks, which he stages in new and inspiring ways.

How would you describe your photography?
Recently, a friend of mine used the expression "Romantic HD" when referring to my work. I think that fits well.

When you photograph objects, they often look as though they were something else. What is the philosophy behind the idea?
I try to find my own particular approach to the items I photograph.

For the S Magazine you chose the subject of fishing hooks. Why fishing hooks?
I was delighted by the beauty, but also by the humour, of some of the lures.

What is involved when working on such a subject?
You’re working at a very small scale. So you need a lot of finesse and patience to set up and light up the pictures.

What kind of objects do you prefer to photograph?
I’m not so particularly concerned about the type of object. The idea behind a project and the people you are working with are nearly more important.

Did the S fulfill your expectations when working on this project?
Yes. In combination with the flash that Broncolor made available for the project, it was a lot of fun.

You also used the 120mm for the close-ups. To what degree did it support your work?
I find is very exciting being able to work in medium format with a macro at f2.5.

Do you work with people at times, or is that a subject you can’t get your head around?
Not directly; but I do like to work together with fashion or portrait photographers on an editorial or a campaign. It’s exciting when the subjects fashion and still-life come together in such a manner.