Hotel:The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Book:Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski.
Maren Klemp started with photography when she was a teenager, living in a small town outside of Oslo, Norway. At the age of seventeen, she got her first camera from her father, and it opened the door to a new universe. During this period of her life she wrote poetry and short stories but she was also searching for a way to express herself visually.
Becoming A Photographer.
The moment Maren Klemp got her first camera she immediately knew that she wanted to become a photographer. At age seventeen she quit school and started an internship as a photographer in the local newspaper. Maren learned a great deal during her time as an intern, but she soon realised that she was more interested in the field of fine art photography than in photojournalism. After about six moths at the newspaper Maren started studying fine art photography under professor Robert Meyer at Robert Meyer Kunsthøgskole in Oslo.
Mental Illness Awareness.
Since then Maren Klemp has been working on several different art related projects. In 2014 she travelled to Charleston, South Carolina to work on her first book together with photographer and professor, Jose’ Escobar. Maren and Jose got to know each other through Flickr, and they felt that their pictures spoke the same language and had a similar aesthetics. This is how the idea of the book was born. The book is called Between Intervals and is a visual representation of conditions people with mental illness can experience. After finishing the book project, Maren has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions here in Oslo and in several magazines worldwide.
Maren Klemp’s official site.
-How did you first become interested in photography?When I was a teenager I had a passion for writing poetry and short stories, but I also had an urge to express myself visually.
I had no talent in either drawing or painting, so when my father bought me my first camera at the age of seventeen, I immediately knew that I wanted to become a photographer.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?My typical setup is low ISO, long exposure and a wide aperture. I use a ND filter so that I can use a wide aperture without overexposing the image.
-How would you describe your style of photography?I would describe my style as fine art, dreamy, evocative and dark.
-Is there a single philosophy or theme that runs throughout all of your work?I want my images to convey emotions hidden in the mind of the viewer. Emotions that people do not pay much attention to during their lives, but may recognise and acknowledge by looking at my images.
-How do you feel your photography creates awareness of mental health issues?One can find a lot of literature on psychology, but I wanted to explore what the different states of mind actually look like. I consider my photographs to be a plunge into the darker sides of the human mind, and many of my images are visual representations of conditions associated with mental illness.
The pictures explore those who are gripped by darkness, isolation and sadness, and about relationships with close family. They tell about the lack of belonging, to live in a separate world that few or no others can enter or understand.
I have received letters from people around the world who want to thank me for making these images. Many of them have been struggling with mental illness and they find my pictures calming and understanding. The fact that my images may ease some of the pain that another person is experiencing means the world to me.