art59 - Interview with Seelenschmetterling, model

Updated: Jan 13

art59:

Hello Tabea, thank you that art59 can interview you. You are currently very present on many photography platforms with the artist name Seelenschmetterling. What are your motivations or what drives you to work as a photo model?

Tabea:

First and foremost, being a model is my hobby. It enables me to let off steam creatively and at the same time to show myself in different facets.

art59:

So, be someone else more often?

Tabea:

It is important to me that I remain authentic, even if I slip into different roles.

art59:

How does it work and what happens in the process?

Tabea:

I see photography itself as a give and take between the photographer and the model. Both get involved and pictures can only be created together. What I offer through "posing" and expression is only captured by the photographer's seeing and transformed into a picture.

art59:

And as a result do you have beautiful pictures?

Tabea:

The pictures don't have to be beautiful in the classic sense.

I like to tell stories through photography and to take the viewer on a journey.

art59:

Do you have certain preferences regarding the subjects or topics?

Tabea:

I like it emotional and dark. And I often like the pictures in B / W better than in color.

art59:

What is your current focus?

Tabea:

At the moment I like to work in the (sub) nude area. Not because you can see the naked body, but much more because I no longer have any clothes to hide behind. I am reduced to myself, so to speak.

art59:

So that feels different to you?

Tabea:

Well, with clothes I can of course express a certain role even more clearly. Without clothes I only have myself and my body. So it feels different for that alone. Whereby, as I said, the focus is not on nudity (in many pictures you can't even see it), but on my emotional experience, which I want to express during a shoot.

art59:

Is it also about vulnerability?

Tabea:

It helps me to immerse myself more intensely. Vulnerability is a side that can emerge. But also strength, anger or beauty / grace find their place.

art59:

Can you plan that?

Tabea:

I usually let myself be carried away by the situation and don't have a ready-made concept in mind. Rather, I do a lot of things intuitively. And the decisive factor is always how much it harmonizes with the person behind the camera. If there is not a certain sympathy, the pictures will of course not be so honest and beautiful.

art59:

Does something from your everyday life or your everyday experience also flow into your work as a model?

Tabea:

Yes, definitely. Not always consciously and not always superficially, but experiences that I have made also make up part of my personality.

art59:

Photography as a self-awareness?

Tabea:

Not that a shoot should only process my personal experiences. It's not supposed to be a form of therapy.

art59:

How important is the message of the pictures to you, if there is one?

Tabea:

I like playing with opposites and room for interpretation. The viewer

confusing and stimulating him to think for himself is important to me. I often do things without really thinking about it. It therefore amazes me when people sometimes tell me that they can draw conclusions about my person and my personality from my pictures. Viewing images are always very subjective and only represent snapshots of one of my facets.

art59:

Many in the photo scene also know you by your stage name Seelenschmetterling. A nice name. What does he stand for?

Tabea:

For the ability to change and that I am modeling with soul.

art59:

So the metamorphoses of your self.

Tabea:

Yes, exactly.

art59:

Last year art59 published a monograph with you. What do you want to say about the result?

Tabea:

I think it's successful. The monograph shows different sets of a shoot and also different sides of my self. In addition, there is Holger's unconventional photographic way of working.

art59:

Thank you for the talk.


Links:

Book: Monograph Seelenschmetterling

Tabea on Instagram

Holger on Instagram


Tabea, picture author: Holger Dülken

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