The Iconic Lensman and Chanteuse Sabisha Friedberg On Creative Kismet
Sabisha Friedberg: It was impressive to be on set with the sea behind us, the glimmer and sound was tremendous. Why are you drawn to using the ocean in so many of your portraits?
Peter Lindbergh: Because the ocean is full of mystery and beauty.
SF: You did something very specific with the lights where the image is disappearing and reappearing.
PL: It feels like a breath of something unknown. It feels like leaving and coming back from somewhere…
SF: You chose to photograph this piece in black and white. What was your reason for that?
PL: I still have the impression that black and white represents a stronger sense of reality, even if this is obviously wrong.
SF: I use field recordings to create atmosphere in the songs. Often “chance” things occur—ghost-like recordings and strange occurrences, probably because I use derelict, antiquated equipment [laughs]. Leaving some room for this is inadvertently part of my process now.
PL: There is a way to work that invites all kinds of creative accidents to happen. I don't know if "mystical" is the right term. It is about being open to all kinds of inspirational influences around you while working.
SF: How does this film relate to your approach to creating an image?
PL: I think that our film very much documents your spirituality and feelings. To discover and show this sensibility of, or in, someone is the most challenging part of my work.
SF: Investigating different aspects of sound is something that I am consumed by. What is your perpetual interest?
PL: The perpetual interest for me is to find out how to connect my experiences and feelings with my life as a photographer, husband, father and grandfather, and to move slowly forward with myself.