NK (continued): the setting up is positioned on a big intersection at the conclusion of a lush inexperienced and from time to time pink-flowering pedestrian spot that follows the river. it’s a place of change, where slow meets quickly and a human, pedestrian scale fulfills a dense city one particular. at the time, there was an unbelievable amount of butterflies migrating past the developing. there is an ingredient of shock, like the team of youthful asian males seeking at the setting up, but also normal commuters and people today following leisure functions, which point towards the idea of improve. a pregnant female in the foreground and an ambulance in the qualifications carry a trace in direction of the building’s perform, and the butterflies and birds sense a bit shed in place.

lady cilento children’s clinic, QLD australia 2014 | picture © nils koenning



DB: in addition to your architectural pictures, you also have a number of particular assignments and series. how do these develop?


NK: incredibly gradual at the moment, but I actually love this. it is a distinct way of performing and viewing. when I doc architecture my working speed changes a lot — genuinely quickly, chasing a team of people in a museum, then waiting at a distinct location for a thing to improve, but it is virtually generally a little bit reserved, peeled back. factors unfold and I allow this come about from a length.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
ongoing physique of do the job, venice 2014 – 2021 | picture © nils koenning



NK (continued): with my personalized operate, I am considerably less restricted by the bodily parameters of a area like kind and light-weight, so there’s a lot more freedom for imagined and interpretation and a large amount of the time my way of viewing is more suggestive and near. quite a few of my personalized assignments are shot manually on big format optimistic film. this process normally takes a good deal of time and seriously forces you to slow down and concentrate.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
ongoing physique of function, venice 2014 – 2021 | picture © nils koenning



NK (ongoing): occasionally it’s just a single graphic of a thing specific that catches my notice and I want to make a superior picture. other projects are very long time period and have no very clear trajectory they can be fluent and improve over time. like my photographs of venice. I initial visited the city in 2014 for the architecture biennale and fell right away and deeply in like with the put. I started taking photographs at night of the spots of vacationer worship, but also viewed and documented the travelers and their behavior for the duration of working day-time. but I haven’t definitely revealed or confirmed this function yet, it is nevertheless ongoing and I’m not guaranteed it can ever be completed. when I went to the biennale this calendar year, for example, I applied a good deal of small movie segments and some stills, only doing the job digitally, to doc everyday living in venice slowly waking up from the covid slumber. I guess for now I see this as a procedure of gathering.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
ongoing human body of get the job done, venice 2014 – 2021 | picture © nils koenning



DB: do you have a preferred series that you have photographed?


NK: not actually — it’s a lot more about solitary shots for me. not every graphic also is effective as a fantastic photograph on its individual and a series capabilities various than a single image.


there’s for instance an picture I took in australia. I was obsessed with the way in which the whole nation has adopted the north-american design of out of date speedy-urbanism considering the fact that the 1950s. my fascination and knowing of this is greatly affected by robin boyd’s notorious ebook ‘the australian ugliness’ and I consider everyone intrigued in australian and american urbanism really should know this book. so I begun to doc sites and remnants of this previous existing — a overall body of operate still unfinished. I gave it the performing title aboraphobia. the ridiculous matter is that boyd’s criticism even now applies these days. being aware of the outcomes of non-existent community transportation and community room, dependency on cars and trucks, the enormous city sprawl of a country of plentiful area exactly where just about every solitary story house is like the next, continue to baffles me presented all our know-how and engineering.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
ongoing physique of work, austraphobia, australia 2012 – 2021 | graphic © nils koenning



NK (continued): I was photographing a newly developing area in the little village where my aunt life and began to put my camera on a tripod, load movie, and body this empty and boring area in in between two homes. then all of a unexpected a person on a lawnmower appears and starts to mow the lawn on this empty ton in entrance of me. it was fairly absurd and of study course I took some shots. to this working day I nevertheless question myself what his intention was. why did he mow this patch, did it belong to him, and he required his upcoming household to be neat? by some means this grotesquely symbolizes a huge challenge in australian society for me.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
ongoing body of function, austraphobia, australia 2012 – 2021 | graphic © nils koenning



DB: in general, is there a specific message or sense that you want your pictures to express?


NK: it depends a minimal on the job and shopper, but I commonly try out to convey a sense of unbiased context in my operate. I strongly consider architecture are unable to exist without emotion. if a put helps make me feel a certain way, I will try to remember this area for the precise emotion, no matter if great or negative. but if it’s an empty vessel, my memory will erase it speedily. so I try out to convey what a place feels like to me through the photos.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
salk institute for biomedicinal research, california 2013 | picture © nils koenning



DB: what are you currently intrigued in and how is it influencing your perform?


NK: I’ve been viewing some of wenders’ early movies and fell in love with the ease of his concise way of tranquil, uncomplicated storytelling. especially visually. the normality with which the everyday is addressed is definitely gorgeous in my eyes. I also started to function/experiment with movie and it feels like getting a baby once more. playground is all yours!


in general nevertheless, night-time plays an vital role for me. I adore the feeling of realizing that everybody else is sleeping. the seems and shapes of a metropolis night, the liberty of the absence of daylight, are really poetic and inspiring to me. in the to start with wave of covid-19, the streets of berlin had been swept absolutely vacant at 8pm and the foxes roamed absolutely free — it was outstanding.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
brunswick east, VIC, australia 2014 | graphic © nils koenning



DB: what suggestions would you give to today’s younger and aspiring photographers?


NK: never be at ease and usually perform. I believe that convenience is a killer of innovation and wont help you to create professionally in any way. make all the faults you can and really don’t prevent questioning your get the job done, medium, beliefs, oneself. participate in like a boy or girl and explore! it’s a existence-extensive course of action, which never concludes and it’s really exciting, satisfying, usually demanding, and at times devastating.

'architecture cannot exist without emotion' – interview with photographer nils koenning
kensington, VIC, australia 2015 | image © nils koenning