Interview with Patrick Strattner

by Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hello Patrickfirst of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I’m in the middle of figuring that out right now, but I already know that’s it’s gonna be photos of some kind of smaller installation with a twist.

How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?

I finished my studies with the project “XYZ – New Tales for an accelerated culture” based on Douglas Coupland book “Generation X”, which was a mix between photo journalism, documenting and staging. I always referred to it as “staged reality”. Nowadays I’m more and more interested in the staging aspect.

Tell us something about your clients, do you feel there’s something different out there, I mean, a different way to approach the creative process? 

I guess I can’t complain about the process. A job briefing gives you a rough idea of what the vision is and your job as a photographer is to interpret this vision with your own style and ideas. I do like having some guidelines, as I love planning my shoots ahead as detailed as possible. I usually do some research and scribble some ideas down. That being said, there’s always something you have to work around that makes you change the initial plans at the actual shoot, but I like feeling prepared. You’ve just got to try to keep an open mind, be flexible and stay focused.

Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?

I get inspired by many different things, mostly it’s pop culture and contemporary art. The idea to my project PROTOTYPES for example was born on a flight reading the “Sky Mall” magazine.

Which one item of equipment would you say is the most important to you?

Besides the obvious? Maybe a coffee?

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?

A digital medium format camera would sure be nice!

Who’s the first photographer that comes to your mind in a second? 

That would be Wolfgang Tillmans. His first book was the first photo book I ever bought and inspired me to get more into photography.

What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?

There’s not really one place or moment that I feel “bright” in. Usually an idea comes to me at times I’m not expecting it to.

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

A cross country drive in an RV with lots of time.

Something you want the world to know about you.

I love soup and snow peas.

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

Arrogance and egoism.

Your idea about social networks.

I like how it keeps you connected to people, but it shouldn’t be the number one priority.

What’s overrated/underrated today?

Social networks.

Images taken from Patrcick’s latest series “Prototypes”.

Inspired by the in-flight publication SkyMall, well known for its unusual and absurd products, my series “Prototypes” explores the idea of consumerism through the invention, design and full-scale construction of a series of devices and gadgets. Like SkyMall products, my “Prototypes” series encourage the audience to fantasize about a better life, a life made easier, and thus more enjoyable, through the possession of one or more of my inventions.

The creation of each prototype is a process of conceptualizing an idea, planning out the execution, constructing the piece and finally, photographing it. Most of the prototypes are inventions that would make my own life easier. However, like many items found in the SkyMall publication, the fantasy usually proves more gratifying than the actual product. My chosen medium of photography is essential in perpetuating that fantasy. Through photography, the prototype looks full of possibility and promise. The audience can embrace the concept of using this invention to improve their quality of life. I’ve also chosen to dismantle the prototypes after photographing them because the fantasy exists more in the 2-dimensional image and as a result, the audience can allow themselves to indulge in the fantasy more readily and through that process find hope in possibility. 

No tags 0 Comments 0

No Comments Yet.

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *