For us, it’s more about emotions than the actual body form. The body form is our tool to describe the feeling
Nikos Inglezakis and Andrea Sabath were both married to the wrong people when they first met. The two understand the junction of vulnerability at light and darkness better than most, and now the photography couple behind Farbdistrikt explore its depths through their art.
You play with light and darkness often in your photography. How do you use those elements to reveal more about the human form?
Whenever we shoot, we try to reveal the emotions behind the shot. What is the model feeling at that particular moment, what was going on before or what will happen in the near future? For us, it’s more about emotions than the actual body form. The body form is our tool to describe the feeling. That way you describe better the human form, body and mind.
You recently won a “Talent of the Year” award from Body Language Photography. As a couple, how do you work together and read of each others’ body language?
It was a great surprise and a huge honor to win the award. Body Language Photography is always so supportive to us. Regarding us, it is very easy to work with each other. We are not an ordinary couple and that makes things easier in many aspects. The bond we share is unique and irreplaceable. We talk with our eyes and we know how each one is feeling during a photo shoot. Most of our photo shoots are a matter of a few minutes. That is of course after a short talk about the idea, how easy or difficult it might be, if it’s outside or indoors, if it’s going to be cold or the location.
Just as bodies can be a landscape, landscapes provide their own kind of language. How does your approach from photographing subjects to landscapes differ?
Actually it doesn’t differ at all. I won’t ever shoot a landscape if it doesn’t give me the feeling that I need to capture it. The same goes with the bodyscapes – I’m not shooting many pictures just to shoot. I always search for the one that makes the difference.
With landscapes, it is the moment as well: the right place at the right time, that single moment when you’d love everybody to witness what you are looking at. Then I will take the shot. Andi is more interested in landscape photography. Her landscapes are like paintings that capture all the beauty even if there is none for the common eye. She can always find that shot that no one else can see.
Many of your nudes pose in vulnerable ways, whether exposed to the elements or in motion. It would be great to hear more about your milk series, it’s almost as though the human body returns to its purest form.
Exactly. Vulnerability is part of us. It is the only thing that makes us weak. At the same time, shooting in vulnerable ways shows strength. Like when a person is being hurt but finds the courage to deal with the situation and finally to overcome it. …
…Regarding the milk series it was exactly as you describe it. This is actually the reason that we named the pictures “oxygène”, “purification,” etc, it’s a healing process that cleans the body and the soul. Like a uterus that gives birth, or in our case, a total reset.
It was a quick idea and we were lucky enough to have lots of milk at home at this moment. We took the neighbor’s planting tub and we started warming up the milk. The shooting time was a lot less than the whole preparation but it was sure worth the effort. We are glad that people really loved them.
Can you talk about your approach to using Instagram as an artistic platform? I’d love to learn more about your relationship with the Instagram community, you’re quite active.
I think that Instagram is not the right platform for artistic photography. Although there are hundreds of good artistic photographers and thousands of users that appreciate what we do, there all always people who are reporting some of our pictures and unfortunately, they get deleted. This is annoying, especially because our pictures are always censored. We understand that it is an open platform with no age restrictions but our work is far from porn, far from something that is bad for the people to see. It’s actually a pity to have to censor the nipple as if it’s not part of our bodies, as if it’s something we need to feel ashamed of, as if everybody forgot he once was nourished with it.
But nevertheless, Instagram is very important to us as a couple – we met through Instagram and after almost 3 years of going through hell and back with a long distance relationship and various troubles, we are finally together under one roof. So Instagram is actually part of our life and that means that we will go on posting our work and emotions on Instagram even if our account might get deleted from the reports of ignorant people. Beyond finding each other, we met a few wonderful people on this platform and great friendships developed. It is very important to us to interact with the community because we appreciate the feedback very much.
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