How would you describe your point of view as a photographer?
Somehow I try to capture the essence of what I see, the places I visit to make them mine, and be able to plunge into the very moment I took the picture and feel what I felt again. I think photography is an intimate practice but I like to share my works with other hoping they could be inspired or affected as I did.
I believe beauty is something subjective and this is what I try to photograph through my travels. I’ve had the chance to visit different National Parks of the USA, and really feel what nature is. Being surrounded by such a variety of landscapes makes you realize what you are as a human-being while questioning your place on Earth and what you aspire in your life on many levels.
When I take pictures, a sort of melancholia goes through my mind because I know my subject is not eternal and what I see won’t be the same tomorrow. Hence the idea of immortalizing the moment with a photograph. I truly believe that nature is part of us as we are part of her, and we need to be conscious of that. Photographing nature is a tribute to its greatness but also a way to encourage people to respect it.
Some records are all tracked – drums, piano, vocal – and kept. The Beekeeper was very much like that. It’s very much ‘no make-up, no airbrush, no nothing’. And it’s not one of my favourite records because of that.
Because I really do like a good airbrush. I’ve learned that about myself.
The Beekeeper is really more like a whole b-sides experiment, because the arrangements weren’t hammered out. That’s why I think my reaction to that with American Doll Posse became ‘alright, now, let’s do a band record’. And it was a very different kind of approach. It was micromanaged, but it was very much about becoming a band mentally, not a singer–songwriter. It was about leaving all that behind. And now, with the new record, it is about embracing the writer and the singer again along with the musicians and arrangements.
When you’re first making records, you haven’t tasted the tip of the devil’s wand. But on your tenth album you’ve done more than taste it. You’ve enjoyed it, and you’ve gotten ill from it. And I think the song ‘Curtain Call’ covers that. Sometimes you don’t realise that you’re being totally and completely absorbed. So you stop your message, and your questioning of control. Sometimes you think that you’re in a place of power, and yet you don’t realise you’ve signed up to something that is going to make sure your message is either broken or not put out.