What’s the motivation behind your most recent shoots?
My motivation behind this series called “The Veil Of Fog” is to put the spotlight on mental illness. I have always been interested in psychology, and when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a couple of years ago it felt natural to explore this theme through my work. You can find a great deal of written literature on mental illness, but I wanted to know how the different states of mind looks like. It was quite hard to make this body of work, because I revealed so much about myself through it. I have only used myself and my children as models, so “The Veil Of Fag” is a very honest and true body of work.
Growing up did you know you would get into photography?
As a teenager I had a passion for writing poetry and short stories, but I also had an urge to express myself visually. I had no talent for either painting or drawing, so the day my father bought me my first camera I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in photography. When I was seventeen I quit high school and started an internship as a photographer in a news paper. I learned a lot about the technical aspect of photography during my internship, but it also made my realize that I was more interested in fine art photography rather than in photo journalism. After about six months in the news paper I started to study fine art photography under professor Robert Meyer at Robert Meyer Kunsthøgskole in Oslo, Norway.
What is your creative process like?
I have a strict rule when it comes to my work, and that is to never pick up my camera without knowing exactly how I want to image to look like. I draw storyboards and write notes regarding props, moods, settings and location. I also often make my own props from scratch. This process can take several weeks, but I have learned that it is much easier to achieve the results that I want by working this way.
What do you want your work to convey?
I want my images to convey emotions hidden in the mind of the viewer. Emotions that people do not pay much attention to during their lives, but may recognize and acknowledge by looking at my images.
Did you have a favorite photographer?
Yes, Sally Mann has been my favorite photographer ever since I started photography.
What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
The biggest city that I have been to is New York City.
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
My favorite city is Paris!
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I would love to visit San Francisco before I die, and hopefully New Orleans as well!
What is a must have on set?
On set I must have the remote control for my camera, a tripod and a little bit of luck.
How can we follow you online?
You can find my work at www.marenklemp.com or on Instagram: @marenklempphotography
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