interview: Heinz-Peter Schepp

Heinz-Peter ScheppImage courtesy of Heinz-Peter Schepp

Interview: Heinz-Peter Schepp

Luca Curci talks with Heinz-Peter Schepp during LIQUID ROOMS, The Labyrinth and VISIONS, The Garden of Liquid Identities in Venice.

Heinz-Peter Schepp was born in 1960 in Duisburg (Germany). He started his career back in 1984 with a Nikon FE2. He always has been inspired by street photography with the desire to create pictures as stunning as the ones of the greatest photographers. Schepp searches constantly to capture unique moments with his camera. His artworks has been displayed all over the world, in Europe and Central America.

 

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Heinz-Peter Schepp – The meeting with Grettel Arrate Hechavarria (Director Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseno Santiago de Cuba) brought a strong change in thinking and acting in 2015. It pushed me off the “orbit” of classical photography and gave me an insight into the artistic aspects of photography. Since then, like a split personality, I have moved into two worlds: The world of street photography with a view to the “absolute” moments of everyday life and the creative photography, with a focus on “digital composing”. Nevertheless, one root of my photography remains grounded in my deep admiration for Henri Cartier-Bresson.

 

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L.C. – How do you find creative inspiration?

H.P.S. – Crazy thinking: Manifesting fantasies at the moment of falling asleep and drawing from them. As well as intensive experiencing and seeing, is for me the engine of my work.

L.C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

H.P.S. – The dissolution of cramped seriousness and the overcoming of boundaries in the physical and metaphysical sense are, in my opinion, important and essential for a serious artist. Art must be a pillar of a house consisting of several pillars, as it were, and thus contribute to the stability of the whole.

 

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L.C. – There’s a lot of artwork on the market today, how do you differentiate yours from the rest?

H.P.S. – I think that it is not absolutely necessary to distinguish oneself from “others”. Choosing one’s own path and following one’s own intuitions can also be part of an integral development.

L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

H.P.S. – Getting feedback is a very important thing. As already described at the beginning, was the meeting with Grettel Arrate Hechavarria a turning point in my work and I hope that many more people will have a similar influence that push me forward.

 

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L.C. – What are you currently working on?

H.P.S. – At the moment two ideas dominate my thoughts: I would like to process the topics “Lost Information” and “Industrial Chimneys” in digital impressions. The pursuit of my ideas is distracted by the force spring exerts on me. In spring I’m literally drawn to the streets. It gives me great pleasure to observe and to capture unique, appealing moments digitally. In these moments I identify myself with my idol Henri Cartier-Bresson. With the solo exhibition “SicilyInSide” in Gangi Sicily I would like to end the year. The exhibition, which is now in the final planning stage, shows impressions I have added on several trips through Sicily.

 

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L.C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about our services?

H.P.S. – Working with you has been an enrichment for me and I will remember the pleasant communication and the precise design of the project. Not least because you allowed me to experience a deeply snow-covered Venice.

L.C. – Do you think ITS LIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?

H.P.S. – Yes; I believe that and I was able to learn that too. The many new contacts that have resulted from participation in an exhibition created by the ITS LIQUID GROUP alone are enrichment and an opportunity. This is not a web slogan, it is my sincere opinion.

 

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