Klara G loved the theater when she was a child. She still does. In fact, if there is one thing that defines her work as a photographer, it is her ability to create her own little worlds in which she sets the rules and tells the story.
“I’ve always loved the theater and I think I brought that with me when I got into photography,” says Klara. “I’ve always had, and I still have, a huge box of toys, trinkets, Lego and masquerade costumes in my studio. In a sense, being a photographer is much like being a theater director. You create a scene, you direct and you tell a story.”
With this in mind it come should come as no surprise that Klara went straight from photo school to working as an in-house photographer at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. As such, she photographed the plays, took portraits of the directors and actors, and did the promotional artwork for the theatre. But after a few years she felt the need to move on and today she is a freelancer, shooting all kinds of things – portraits, fashion, still life, fine art, interior, you name it.
Apart from the theatric feel that recurs in your images, what else would you say that they have in common? What is the element they all share?
“The light. I have certain preferences when it comes to light, and I tend to light all my pictures in a certain way, regardless of whether I’m shooting portraits, fashion or fine art.”
And in what way is that?
“First of all, I always use as few light sources as possible. I learned this from my old teacher Johan Westin. It’s so easy to add more and more lights, but having just one or two light sources is often a lot more powerful. Secondly, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I tend to look to the classical painters for inspiration. For instance, you’ll notice that I use a lot of Rembrandt lighting. Soft but dramatic – I like that. Last but not least, I want the light to feel effortless and authentic. It doesn’t necessarily have to be or even look real. But it has to feel real.” (more…)