Christophe Guye Galerie,
Christophe Guye Galerie,
Unseen Platform: You started out working as a model, but what made you want to step behind the camera?
Lina Scheynius: I’ve always been interested in photography, whether it’s shooting my own images or being in front of the camera. My relationship with the medium started with my father. My family would all gather round to watch slide shows of his images, as well as the photographs he took of us when we were growing up. When I was ten I received my first camera, and since then it’s been a part of my life. I started sharing my images on Flickr in 2008, and this was when I began to take my work more seriously. It’s thanks to the internet that a shy person like me gained the courage to share intimate pictures, and find an audience interested in seeing those particular moments.
Those personal, everyday moments are at the core of your work. Could you tell us what it is about these scenes that you’re so interested in capturing?
When I first started out, these encounters were all I had access to, so I think they just stuck with me throughout the years! Apart from that, I think I'm interested in capturing these scenes because I love seeing other people's intimate moments. When people show me their family albums or wedding photos, it gives me a window into their lives that I hadn’t seen before – and that’s fascinating.
Despite this autobiographical approach, are there still images that you feel are too personal to publish?
If it’s just me that’s uncomfortable with the images, I try to push beyond that discomfort. It usually means that the work is valuable to show, and often enough I find that my gut feeling is right.
Since 2008 you’ve self-published ten books, titled 01 to 10. How has your process changed over the years?
When I first started, I tended to use photographs that I knew people loved to be sure that it would sell. After the first book, I became progressively braver and started experimenting with everything from the choice of subject to the editing process, mixing archival photographs with newer images. In 10, I even added text from my own personal diary. These methods are among my favourite ways to work with photography, but now that I’ve made it to 10, I feel like I can move on to the next thing. My forthcoming book is based on a new flower series of mine. It’s about beauty, and it’s been a very soothing and uplifting experience to work on it.