Normen Gadiel, our newest Hero of the Week, deals with photography in his spare time. But, we believe that he can successfully do it full time, looking at his melancholic portraits that captivate us with their mood. Make sure to read what he told us about his photographs in this interview!
Please tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, and what you do.
I’m from Germany and 32 years old. Aside from photography, I work as a production manager.
How would you personally describe your style of photography? What message/s do you try to convey through your images?
My work focusses on melancholic portraits. I want to convey thoughtful moments which are inspired by several things, like my own feelings, music, and of course other artists, but these are unconscious inspirations.
Which elements of shooting film are you drawn to the most?
Film beats digital often when it comes to the dynamic range. That’s good for my work and how the pictures look like. I also like to develop and scan the photos on my own.
What would you say is your greatest inspiration?
Actually, I can’t name one person as I’m influenced by so many things.
Name someone whose art makes you shiver.
Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and Jeff Wall.
If you had to choose a camera + film to shoot with for the rest of your life, which combo would it be and why?
Graflex Speed Graphic and Kodak Portra 400.
Do you remember the photo you took that made you feel proud for the first time? Can you share it with us?
Yes, of course. In case of filmphotography it was this photo.
If you could time travel to the past and be the assistant of a great photographer, who would it be?
At Whattaroll, we believe that inspiration can come from many different sides. Can you write down and share with us a paragraph from the book you’re reading at the moment?
Actually i read „LOST: THE STORY OF REFUGEES“ but it’s written in german.
Describe your shooting routine.
First, I take the films I want to shoot with. In the next step, I load the films into the cameras. When it comes to the shoot, I try have good atmosphere with the model. During the shoot, I always search for good light.
Speaking of portraits, who’s the face you’d love to photograph but haven’t had the chance to have in front of your camera yet?
Scarlett Johansson would be really great.
Who do you think we should feature in the next Hero of the Week section?
See more of Normen’s work in the links below: