May I Introduce: Arvida Byström
What do you do if there's no model around to experiment with while shooting? Simply use yourself! It definitely helps if you look like Arvida Byström. One of the greatest photographers I've across recently often uses herself as the focus of her shots. You might find that a little narcissistic, well I assure you it definitely isn't. Although she is very pretty her photos often show her in a distorted or weird way. Exactly that makes them so much more interesting though. Her use of all colours of the pastel spectrum work as a great contrast. Inspiration like tumblr, instagram etc. take it to a technical level and prevent it from being to dreamy! What can I say... I love every photo! Here's my little interview with Arvida and make sure you also check out the German version on MTV STYLE!
Who or what made you become interested in photography?
No one really. The zeitgeist maybe. When I were a teen digital cameras started to become cheap and easy to use. That made loads of my friends including me to dream about becoming a photographer. And here I am, stupid enough to get stuck in it.
What do you think about digital manipulation?
Interesting and problematic. Since photography comes from an idea about „documenting“, being „objective“ and showing „the truth“ manipulate it makes it very problematic. In one way I think we shouldn't treat photos as being a part true in any way. In an other way what we choose to manipulate in photos says loads about the time we live in. Making people thinner and make people skin smooth is a product of living in a society where the dieting industry and the skin care + make up industry makes loads of money of our poor confidences.
Which one of your pictures is the most important to you?
I am very happy I made my series „there will be blood“. But I couldn't really say what's the most important.
Describe the last photo you took?
A selfie with my friend to show a feature on my phone.
You are a master in doing self portraits... How did that start? And how does the process work?
I started because I were to shy to take photos of other people and because I had an unhealthy obsession with being a model and wanting to be beautiful. My photography started to get more interesting though when I didn't care about looking beautiful and didn't give a fuck about modelling. The process I just putting the camera on a tripod + self timer.
Do you prefer working more with models or with characters / friends?
Characters / friends! Love having people on the set that's into my photos and that I feel can give loads to the photos. Nothing says models can't to that and it happens that I work with models. But there is very limited body standards to models on agencies so I want more variation too.
What music describes you best?
Top 5 bands/ artist Et aliae, Little Cloud, Ellie Herring, Julia Spada, Tinashé
Do you have a favourite designer?
Maxine Beiny have made some really amazing online dating printed stuff.
Is there anything (any issue ) you would protest against on the street?
The racist party, Sverige Demokraterna, in Sweden. Capitalism. Inequality. It happens that I go to protests.
Jan. 6, 2015
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