With Volt’s latest issue out now, it’s time to turn the spotlight on our talented contributors which made the latest issue as stunning as it is. Short interviews have taken place, sharing our contributors thoughts and interests. Read here about photographer Ren Rox who shot the editorial “Shadows breaking over my head” featured in issue 14.
Volt Café: Did you always want to be a photographer? Or did you end up in this field by accident?
Ren Rox: Not at all, I was a musician and photography was purely an accident.
VC: In Volt Magazine’s fashion editorial “Shadows breaking over my head” it clearly shows a dreamy and analogue photography style. Could you describe your personal style to us?
RR: The subjective side: I like a mixture of escapism and reality with a sense of grittiness as well as wonder. A “we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” kind of view of the world, if I’m allowed to quote Oscar Wilde. Whether or not that transpires into my work is a different story. The objective side: At the moment, I mainly work with 35mm and medium format film. Black and white. Colour. Double exposure is one of my favourite in-camera techniques. I also enjoy hand-painting prints, as with Volt’s A/W13 editorial.
VC: We are very curious about your work process. How do you prepare yourself when you get a new job offer?
RR: It depends on the assignment. I enjoy improvisation and ideas that come to you while shooting when everything is in place. Having said that, I sometimes draw a basic storyboard beforehand so it stays in the back of my mind as a guideline.
VC: Your work varies from colour to black and white photography. Does the meaning of imagery change by its colour?
RR: I certainly think so. Black and white strips everything down to the bare essentials and automatically takes you to another realm because it’s different to the way we see. But I also love a colour photograph that is able to do just that and evoke or portray a different side of reality.
VC: As your photography is mostly analogue, would you describe yourself personally as an analogue or digital type?
RR: Analogue. Actually, I only shoot film. I don’t enjoy taking or even looking at most digital photography. It looks too hyperreal for me.
VC: If you could have lived in the past, which era would it be?
RR: I would love to have been a young adult and musician during the rise and heyday of rock and roll music, in the broad sense of the term, namely from the mid 1950’s onto the 60’s and 70’s, in places such as New York, California, London… and be immersed in it. It’s a lifelong fascination. The same story goes with jazz: New York. 1930’s-50’s. Seeing all the great plays on 52nd Street every night.
VC: If we were you, where would we go to find inspiration?
RR: Great music. But it could be a lot of other things: a mood, a face, a book, nature, a conversation, a film, a painting, the light in a particular situation… And sometimes it’s absolutely nothing. You just have to look — the picture is right there in front of you.
VC: Do you have a photograph that has a particular meaning to you?
RR: Many and none in particular. Maybe for escapism reasons, the first ones that come to mind are pictures of trees taken during different trips. Especially palm trees. I am fascinated with palm trees.
VC: If you could capture any image in life, what would it be?
RR: Dreams. It’s a shame we forget most of them so quickly.
VC: What do you expect from your photographs? When is a shoot definitely done?
RR: I think the work sort of tells you when it’s ready. As for expectations, I’d rather have none and be surprised.
VC: If you could pick any photographer to work with at this moment, dead or alive, whom would you pick?
RR: I would just love to see some of the past masters of photography work from a distance — I wouldn’t dare to interfere — and then get to interview them over dinner.
VC: What kind of pictures can we find on your camera right now?
RR: All my cameras are unloaded right now.
VC: How do you see your future? Where will you be in ten years?
RR: I don’t know but hopefully there are palm trees.
VC: Where would you want to be right now?
RR: Judging by these answers, in a time machine.
VC: What was your last post on Facebook?
RR: I rarely use the site but it was a live performance by Soft Machine from a French television show aired in 1968. A gem of a document. http://youtu.be/RFDVTbLxBHA?t=3m50s
VC: What is your ringtone?
RR: My phone is always on silent.
VC: What is your biggest fear?
RR: In the great scheme of things, nothing really.
VC: Night owl or early bird?
RR: Night owl. Always.
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