Questions On is the new video interview format created by C41. Three are the ‘simple’ questions asked to our network friends, partners and creative minds. They tackle the current situation: How do they see their future, what kind of changes do they expect and how they are going to react to this unusual situation that we are living these days?
The sixth episode is with Kent Andreasen, photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa and working worldwide. We are fans of his work since the Tumblr era.
You can watch it on the C41 YouTube channel and also read it below.
1. Future — How do you feel about your future when everything will be back to normal?
Obviously, we’ve been forced into quite a severe moment in history where change is inevitable.
And we have to look at ourselves, I think, on a personal level and a ground level, changing the way we live our lives each day. And I think, in many ways, it’s been coming and it’s somewhat needed that we actually have to look at ourselves as a society and start making changes in our personal lives. Whether it be something as simple as recycling, slightly changing your diet, how you commute every day. Is it really necessary that you go to the office every day, that sort of thing.
I think with these changing times and adaptions happening that some self-assessment is going to be important. Even in my own personal capacity, I’ve become a lot more aware of how I go about things. Just trying to be more conscious of how I live day to day. I think obviously, the political systems and governments and so on and so forth are going to have to change. But that might take a few months to implement or even years so I think it all needs to start with us.
Hopefully education systems will change, big business will change, you won’t have to go into work every day. There will also be positives that come out of that, people will be able to start work maybe a little earlier and get their work done by midday and spend more time with their children. Some home-schooling and some parents [encouraging] children to action I think will be good. And I think things like traffic and industry refining the way they put out emissions, that sort of thing. I think there’ll be a lot of positives. Obviously the economic toll that this whole virus is going to have on the global economy is yet to be discovered, but we’re just going to have to see how it plays out and make those changes day by day.
2. Change — What kind of changes will affect society, work environment and world itself?
So, to answer the idea of future and what my future holds, it’s quite a tricky one. I think the last few weeks being in lockdown here in South Africa has taught me a lot about myself and the fact that work in the field of photography has geared me to the whole idea of uncertainty. I look around me and see a lot of people scrambling with the idea that they don’t have a job to go to every day and working from home and so on and so forth, which we are lucky enough to deal with on a daily basis. Obviously, we get the freedom of the job, but we also have to deal with that uncertainty so I am quite thankful for that. In terms of how I see the future, it’s obviously really difficult to say, I’ll just take it day by day for now, I’m working through the archives, rediscovering some of the work that I’ve sometimes overlooked or sometimes gets lost through commissions and that sort of thing. That’s kind of inspired me to try and get back to shooting once this is all over.
I think it’d be irresponsible to think that things are going to be back to normal in any sort of way that we are accustomed to so I think adaption is going to be the key to overcoming any of this. Just making sure that the work that you’re producing is of the highest quality, finding new innovative stories and really using technology, I think. Technology is our main tool at the moment and it’s important to kind of utilise that to get your work out there. I’m definitely going to be doing a lot of rollouts in terms of websites, updating my journal, which is like a daily blog of images that don’t make the site, or my social media platforms. And then just coming up with social media strategies that really get it out to potential people that will commission your work.
Other than that, once I can get out and start shooting again, I’m definitely going to try and seek out some more personal projects. I’ve been able to formulate some ideas while being on lockdown so that’s keeping me going and keeping the future bright. In terms of the professional side of things, I think it’s too early right now to say where I’ll be in the next little while but hopefully, there’ll be some positives and a few of the photo editors around the world are finding some interesting projects in South Africa and I can jump on some of those and start working again.
Yeah, I mean, I do have some regrets, it’d be nice to have a media pass during the lockdown so I could go and explore Cape Town and go and see what’s unfolding but these things happen and the lockdown kind of jumped on us without much warning. So, yeah, take it day by day and hopefully, myself and everyone else can come out on a positive note and make sure that we’re responsible going out into the world and trying to figure things out.
3. Reactions — What are your reactions to this essential process of adaptation?
With regards to my reaction to essentially having to adapt to this time, it’s very similar to my previous answer.Just going over my archives and trying to tackle the work that I’ve been putting off because you get caught up in the mess of constantly moving forward. I’ve just taken the time to take a breather and reassess and get all the work to where I see it and where I want it to be and then, from there, using that as a platform to adapt to whatever comes from the new world we live in. That uncertainty is there and we’ve all got to go into it and tackle it head on and see what happens. That’s my stance on the whole thing. I can only control my little bubble and that’s the way I’m going about it. Then, hopefully I’ll just ebb and flow through whatever comes next.
Featuring: Kent Andreasen @kentandreasen
Curated by Riccardo Fantoni Montana, Luca A. Caizzi, Barbara Guieu
Words: Riccardo Fantoni Montana, Vicky Miller
Editing: Vittoria Elena Simone
Line production: Alice De Santis
Thanks to: Alessandro De Agostini, Robin Stauder