My partner Mark Sink and myself make the work together.
How did you discover photography and what makes you keep on doing it?
When I was a child, my dad would teach me the basics of using a camera. In high school I took a photo class and knew from then on that is what I wanted to do. I set up a darkroom in my family's second bathroom and would stay up all night printing.
Which artist would you like to work with?
I have many artists I admire. I already work with and collaborate with someone I love and admire, Mark Sink. I feel very lucky to collaborate with him almost every day. Sylvie Tillmann, Bruno Dayan, Paolo Roversi, Rineke Dijkstra, and Nazif Topçuoğlu are a few of my contemporary favorites.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a photographer, and what differentiates it from a good photo taker?
Well almost everyone is a photographer these days with digital cameras. They are easy to use, and a wonderful tool. I think a good photographer is someone who thinks of art, photography, painting, history, cooking, life, people, all day long, everyday all day and never takes a break from work. Art is not work as an artist, it becomes like a labor of love, like raising a child. You would do anything for it and never cease being committed to it. Art is life.
What are your hobbies besides photography?
I like to cook, I worked as a cook for a couple years, I now work as a florist, I love flowers and bees, I like to blog, watch people on the street, I sew and construct many of the outfits in the pictures with the help of my mom, I like bookmaking.
Is there anything you want express with your works?
The way I see things.
What do you expect from your photographic future?
I expect there is a lot for me ahead. I have ideas I am just starting to work on and I hope I become a better photographer and make better work all the time. I hope that I am not ever without a camera and if I am I hope I am doing something really wonderful and interesting instead and then take a picture of it.
Thanks to Kristen Hatgi
Photos by Kristen Hatgi and Mark Sink