In our ongoing series “5 questions on analogue photography with…” we send out the same set of questions to different photographers. This time we talked to Marlen Mueller. Hailing from Erfurt, she’s fascinated by the American culture and just has been part of a documentary about Jack Kerouac, called “On Jack’s Road”. Portraits and fashion are also a main part of her work. Take a look at the gallery she’s put together for us!
Name: Marlen Mueller
1. Tell us something about yourself in three sentences maximum.
I guess my private pictures, the ones I’m not taking for my job, tell a lot about me. Those show things, I like to do, just as being on the go, sitting in an airplane and looking at the earth from an aerial perspective, spending time with my friends and family and portraying them. Or staying at a place and watching sunsets and the sea and how the light changes.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
When I started photographing, there has not been anything else than analogue photography. About 14 years ago I got my first camera, the Olympus Mji-1 and I still use it today. I like the absolute immediacy of analogue photography, because it’s authentic. And I also prefer the working process when shooting analog: You insert the film, expose it and getting the film developed. At the end, the picture is less fake than a digital one.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I always got my Olympus Mju-1 with me. And some films for sure (Kodak Portra, Fujichrome Provia or Ilford HP5).
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I don’t use any tricks for my personal photographic style. I don’t think you can learn how to photograph, except for the technique. I shoot very intuitively and so my only tip is to be attentive and open.
5. What photographers influence your work?
People, conversations, locations and landscapes influence my work, not other photographers. Though some photographers’ work is impressive to me, like Jürgen Teller’s or Wolfgang Tillmans’.
Thanks for answering our questions Marlen!