Over at Vinyl Octopus we’ve had our eye on photographer Sansserifit for some time now. We have always found his work to have a striking contrast between natural and man-made lines, in which letters and signage are representative. Oppositely, the natural lines are often constructed and created by the male form. Of course, us being as nosey as we are over here, wanted to find out more, so we sat down with Sansserifit to chat about photography, his work and what’s next….
So, let’s start from the beginning, have you always had a love for photography?
Since childhood, Photography has been an important part of my life.
My father was a professional photographer, specialising in portrait and commercial photography. We had a dark room at home where I developed black and white films.
During my photography studies I used analogue camera with slides film, about a year or two after, digital cameras took over the world, and the rest is history.
Are you influenced by any other photographer’s work, and if so, who?
My biggest photography influence comes from dance (mostly ballet) and yoga photographers – capturing the human body in impossible positions that turns it into a new form of letter-like structure.
I enjoy following and being inspired by the work of creative people in many fields: not only photographers and graphic designers but also architects, fashion and jewellery designers, science researchers, astronomers, biologists and more.
So how did you begin photographing with letters?
As a graphic designer and collector of old signs and letters (neon, wood, metal, PVC ,which I would pick up from old companies that change their signage, cinemas, sign companies and flea markets from all over the world) I create pictures that combine both worlds – the letters which are graphic design tools, as part of the photography world with male and female models in nature or urban locations.
What do you want your work to say and how does it reach this end goal?
It’s an experiment about the similarities and differences between the human body and letters (thin, bold, tall, short, round…), the language that makes us civilized vs. tribes and playing with technical graphic design tools in artistic-theatrical way.
What’s next for you?
I plan to continue to meet new people and work with them on new sets towards a future “Human & Type” book and international exhibition.
Sansserifit’s work truly is beautiful. Take a look for yourself and join the other 10,000 following him on Instagram @Sansserifit.
We can’t wait to see his “Human and Type” book due in 2017
Let us know what you think….