TÊTE A TÊTE: MACIEK POZOGA ON SHOOTING NEW ERA STILL LIFE CAMPAIGN

Maciek Pozoga, the photographer for our New Era x Kenzo still life campaign, stopped by the KENZO office to answer a few questions on his not-quite-portrait, not-quite-still-life editorial.

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What was your inspiration for the New Era x Kenzo editorial? What was the mood you were going for?
As a main influence I looked at a lot of De Chirico's paintings and some classic sculptures in the Louvre from random places and periods. I was looking for a very classical mood, something intemporal in a way, and anachronic.


Were you formally trained as a photographer, or this is something that naturally evolved from a habit of taking pictures?
I was trained as a painter, in Beaux Arts school, and then that evolved into photography, snapshots initially. What I really liked about photography was the editing process, and the ability to tell stories. And most of all being [able to work] outside the studio.


There is a subtle quirky element to your work, something that gives a surreal feel to your photos, almost like a documentary. How much of your style is premeditated and how much comes from spontaneity?
I like to imbricate both things, spontaneity and "mise en scene" staging. I often think of the whole as some kind of little stage, and then I let people or situations be within that stage. Something more naturalist than "documentary" actually. I recently read something about how the 19th century French physical intructor George Hebert initially came up with his "Natural Method" of gymnastics, gestures that were inspired by real life movements, to develop the human body harmoniously in a natural way. I kind of do the same with photography I guess; catch some real things, imitate some others, and then blend it all together and try to build some sort of harmony out of all those elements.


You also edited a book called "Naufrage Volontaire". Can you talk about that a bit?
I did this little book with the people of JSBJ. The title means something like “Shipwrecked on Purpose” and it refers to Dr. Alain Bombard’s experiment. He deliberately drifted alone across the Atlantic for 65 days in a lifeboat with no provisions, and the book is a kind of meditation on that.

What was the last thing you googled?
"Gymnastic natural Method", I couldn't remember if I made up that whole thing about the physical instructor, or if it was really something I read somewhere.