Interview with Robin Ek
Question 1: - Where are you from?
Answer 1: “I grew up in a quiet south Swedish town. I now live and work in London. I’m from both places.”
Question 2: How is photography changing the world? (Positive or negative)
Answer 2: “Anyone and anything can change the world. Photography is a powerful means to do so by conveying emotion, sharing perspectives, opening dialogue and fostering understanding. As photographers we should feel empowered in this sense, but also respectful of the medium as a resource for change. It’s an interesting question, if we considered every single image, every single Instagram post, as a small measure fueling the greater engine of change in culture and society... would we share more mindfully?”
Question 3: Do you think college is needed for photography?
Answer 3: “I think college can be a great way to gaining basic technical skills and understanding of the fundamentals. To sort of open the door. But the other side of photography, the more perceptive and emotionally attuned, needs to be nurtured outside of ‘school’ by living and learning to see between the lines of everyday experience. There’s a finite amount of knowledge to acquire about how a camera works technically, but the rest of photography is an infinite journey of learning. About the self, about others and about the world.... For me, this is what makes it so addictively compelling.”
Question 4: What’s the craziest experience you ever had out shooting?
Answer 4: “Actually, I don’t associate photography with anything particularly crazy... Maybe I need to up the craziness a bit and see what happens!”
Question 5: What is your definition of a successful photographer?
Answer 5: “Someone who manages to inspire others (and themselves) to look at the world differently.”
Question 6: Why do you take pictures?
Answer 6: “To slow down time.
To lift my awareness.
To take nothing for granted.
To see more consciously.
To keep the input-output wheel spinning.
To see where it may take me.”