DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
NM: I’ve read that you're a fashion photographer and a graphic designer. When did you start urban photography and why?
MM: I started urban photography from 2013/2014 in the USA. I had wanted to make a long journey to refocus, to rediscover me. I already had a strong interest in street photography. This is a style that I felt was true and pure photography. Juggle between the spontaneous and rapidity moment, to capture the right moment, the good light by only walking, this is an instinctive work that matches with me very well. Conversely, fashion photography leaves little room to the improbable, it's very directed.
NM: What inspired you to take photo’s at night? Photographers usually avoid this time due to poor lighting.
MM: During my trip to the USA several months ago, I became very interested in Bright Design through the works of James Turrell, James Clar and Carlo Bern...
Zhang KeChun Yellow River.EERIE
Without the Yellow River, China would not be who it is today. Stretching almost 5500 km, the river has been a source of life and death for China’s population. As a little boy, Chengdu-based photographer Zhang Kechun heard tall tales of the river, and wanted to photograph it in its truest form.
He took to the road, and travelled along the river on a fold-up bicycle, following the river from the cherry blossoms of Shandong, East China, to the lush mountains of Quinghai. The 1400 km journey took him three years, but he wasn’t in a hurry. He would travel a month at a time, following the river and capturing the life that surrounds it.
The result of his three year pilgrimage is a true, stark look at what life looks like beside eroding coastlines of the world’s sixth largest river. At first, he set off to capture blissful scenes of the river, but he couldn’t ignore the realities that his photos...
Country Fictions .DESERTED
NM: What moment made you realize your passion was in photography?
JA: When I was 15 I got my first camera (a 35mm compact) and started to document my life as an exchange student in the U.S.A. I remember how excited I was every time I went to the photo store to see how the pictures had turned out. I used to select the images that I liked the most and put them into a photo album chronologically.
By showing those images to other people I started to understand that photographs were not only fragments of my experiences. They were also objects full of ambiguity that had a life of their own. A few years later I started to work in the darkroom making my own black and white prints, and ever since photography has been a very important part of my life.
NM: Country Fictions was photographed in the Iberian Peninsula. What drew you to that specific area?
JA: There are several reasons.
First of all, I was born in...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.