CHRISTINE LORENZEN

 

LOOKING INTIMATE

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

Words by Tue Elkjær

 

I met Christine Lorenzen quite by chance at a birthday party for a mutual friend (great party by the way), were we got to talking about her pictures. We left the conversation (rather drunk…or was that just me) by exchanging contact info and Christine promising to send me pictures of her current project “4 years”. Though Christines description og her own work had left me very intrigued, I was not prepared for the experience awaiting me.

If you don’t know Christine Lorenzen, you should get to know her and her amazing pictures. Looking at Christine’s work is an emotional ride, her pictures shares the personal experiences of being young and being an authentic individual – without any symbols or gadgets to hide behind.

In this cray-cray, fast spinning business called fashion, the idea of being authentic, without symbols or gadgets might be something it’s healthy to explore. So I met up with Christine again, to ask her some questions about her and her work.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

These photos seem very raw and honest – like the naked truth – Is that intentional, are you trying to display some sort of honesty or higher truth with your work?

In the beginning it was not intentional, I just took pictures of my friends and, at the time, my boyfriend, when they were honest and just themselves, and what we were doing.
I just observe them, and took pictures of the beauty I saw in my friends. The emotions that they shared with me.
I just really like, that when you are naked, then there are no status symbols, clothes make a lot of noise sometimes, it hides away emotions sometimes, and I think that you are weak and humble, in a completely different way, when you are just you, with no clothes on. I don’t know if it makes any sense.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

And how does that influence your work, would you consider doing fashion photography?

I don’t think, that I would consider fashion photography, I am not good at taking fashion pictures. I think that if I get a fashion assignment, then it would be way too emotional pictures, it would be more about feelings than the clothes, and that’s not good, when it is about the clothes.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

You seem to be very close to your subjects, do you need to have a relation with people in order to photograph them?

I am very close to the subjects. I only take pictures of my friends. My project is called “4 years” and it started when I was 15 to now, and I’m still working on it.
I see the project as a visual diary, and if I have to tell my story and show my emotions, then the best people to show the emotions, is my friends, because they know me and my story. They are the foundation of the project, there will never be a project without them.
But I don’t necessarily need to have a relation to the people I photograph, I just wouldn’t use it for my project. Maybe if we became friends.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

What inspired you to start taking pictures and be a photographer?

It was a coincidence. I just took pictures of my friends, because I liked it, then I meet my old teacher who saw something in my pictures, and couldn’t understand that I was so young and took that kind of pictures, and then it just started from there, and I found out that my pictures were good, I didn’t knew that, it was just pictures of my friends. But I never call myself a photographer, I just say, that I make pictures.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

What do you hope to achieve with your photography?

I hope that when people see my pictures, then they can relate to the emotions, that I am trying to show, or I hope that there will be some sort of reactions when you see them.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

Is there some Nan Goldin references in your work or do you draw inspiration from her work?

I was actually first introduced to her when I was 17, then no, because then I was already two years in the project. But I really like her work, and I can definitely see the similarities in her work and mine.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

What is your general world view, how would you describe the world we live in?

I think that we are self-destructive. But I like to live.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

You’re a photographer, you take pictures, but how do you feel about having your picture taken. Do you like being in front of the camera as well?

I am not even kidding, I hate haven my picture taking, like I really hate it. There are not many pictures of me, I have a lot of friends who are working with art photography, they bought me cigarettes, so they can take pictures of me, they have really tried to push me. But no, I really hate it. It’s a low self- esteem problem I have.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

If you don’t mind me saying, you’re very young, your career is all ahead of you. What do you hope to accomplish as a photographer- both with your work and for yourself?

Yes, I am a little bit young, compared to other people who are working with art, it has also been a struggle, for people to take me serious because of my age.

I hope that it will be something, I will do for a long time and make a career out of.
I am a person, who really lives here and now, so I am not thinking so much about the future.

 

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Picture from Christine Lorenzen’s project “4 Years”

 

See more of Christine’s work at her Tumblr or Instagram