I’ve been dying to have this on my blog for a long time. Christine and I met, back when we both lived in NY and she was a journalist for a German magazine. Although always passionate about photography it took a life change for her to follow her true calling. And thankfully for all of us she did! There’s never been a frame or an image of hers I haven’t swooned over. She is deeply truly an artist…I wanted to do a video interview with her so you could hear her talk about her passion because it’s hypnotizing, but she’s in Europe. Reading her answers you’ll realize the incredible beauty comes from a deep source. Sit down, relax and enjoy!
1. What inspired you to start photographing and creating this beautiful art?
I always liked taking pictures, it is my favored thing to do. Several years ago and due to personal changes in my life I decided to dedicate myself exclusively to my photography, following my calling, which I have never regretted doing.
2. Where do you live and work?
My house, not far from NYC is rented out. It makes it possible for me to travel, to take pictures and work on my art. I commute between Europe, the US and Bahamas.
3. What is the process for your art?
I follow the impulses in my surroundings, capture moments I find interesting and then interpret them with modern digital photographic techniques to depict my personal feelings and expressions of places, people, shapes and forms.
4. What is your day normally like?
I like to start my day with either meditating, or reading from works of my spiritual
teachers such as Joseph Campbell, Eckhard Tolle, Pema Chödrön just to name a
few. If I am not out taking pictures I am editing my work and create art work on
my computer. The other part of my work is promoting it to potential clients such
galleries, interior designers and collectors. The day is never
long enough for me to accomplish what I had set out to do. But then there is the
quietness of the night I like to work on my images.
Image: Spirit Tree
5. What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I love being in nature, to photograph nature, but then I also like architecture
and people. I travel to so many different places and each place has its unique
beauty and energy.
Usually I feel guided in terms of capturing the moment in accordance to my
surroundings, how they are presenting themselves to me and how I feel them.
6. What do you hope to express with your art?
I hope to inspire with my work, connect with people through my work hopefully on a deeper level, provoke feelings and thoughts, as well as show and interpret the diversity, dichotomy and incredible mess and beauty of this planet we are sharing. Besides that, I don’t differ from other artists wanting to sell my work and live off of it.
7. What is the favorite thing about your “job”?
I love being independent and being my own boss. I create what and when I feel like it.
8. If you were not an artist…what would you be doing?
I can not think of anything else I’d rather do then what I am doing. But wait,
writing a book would interest me.
9. Any exciting news you want to share?
Interesting news in my life are that I just returned to Europe after a long
summer artist residence on Grand Bahama. Being back in Germany I will be
meeting with my gallery in Munich while attending the Kunst-Messe München
at the end of October. The middle of November I will follow an invitation by a
fellow artist women and her husband to photograph the City of Dubai to add to my
POP City series. I am in talks with the owner of a private museum in Italy for an
Exhibition of my work in December.
POP series NYC
10.Do you have a favorite series or photograph you took?
Usually I am most excited about the latest series I am working on. There are two
series from several years ago which are the most personal to me, LIGHT CUTS
and METAMORPHOSES. ( www.christinematthai.com Archive 3 )
These images represent a new part of my life, the beginning of a personal journey
I had not imagined before.
Thanks for sharing Christine.
You can view more of her photography here.