Interview with Kent Andreasen
Question 1: What is your name?
Kent: “Kent Andreasen.”
Question 2: Where did you grow up?
Kent: “Cape Town, South Africa.”
Question 3: When did you become more serious as a photographer?
Question 4: What struggles have you encountered with photography?
Kent: “I would say my own personal self doubt is the most telling and hardest thing for me to overcome. It is relentless but I guess is forms the basis of improvement and growth.”
Question 5: What differentiates South Africa from the rest of the world?
Kent: “Its hard for me to speak about en entire country but I would say where it differs from other places is that it is the country that has been the most formative on me as a person. Because I feel photography and the person I am are so closely linked, its safe to say that Cape Town especially, has shaped how I make work and hopefully will continue to shape it moving forward.”
Question 6: What have you learned about life through photography?
Kent: “It has taught me that the older you get the stranger life does. I’ve been made so aware of myself through photography and that the Ideas I was sold growing up, by various sources in my life, have been proven to be very different.”
Question 7: What camera do you use at this time?
Kent: “Various 6x7 cameras.”
Question 8: What stands out to you about 6x7 camera’s?
Kent: “The viewfinder and how slow it is. Its weight and how it operates allows me to really take my time with shots. I don’t like being rushed so the system works for me.”
Question 9: Do you have any fundamental practices that has helped you grow as a photographer?
Kent: “I’m constantly looking to learn whether it be new in camera techniques, scanning or printing. I want to know the craft back-to-front. Getting to the point where it becomes instinctual and effortless.”
Question 10: What is your definition of passion?
Kent: “I mean, passion for me in this field, is being able to maintain the level of excitement for the work for a long period of time. I admire photographers, who have been doing it for years and still seem eager to pursue it.”