Christopher Whitfield is a unique and talented photographer. Inspired by the sun he likes to create dreamy and beautiful pictures in places that have slipped peoples minds. Combining the amazing colours of nature with portraits of people and his feelings he likes to creates very interesting scenarios.
KALTBLUT: You often include water in your photos, why is that?
Christopher:Portlandis a city with a river running through it. A lot of my photographs deal with retreating in order to create a moment between myself and my subject, and I think often times running away to the river banks has just presented itself as a natural way to achieve that. The areas of town that can’t be developed because of their closeness to the water have a really wonderful in-between feeling – it’s not the woods and it’s not the city – I think people just forget to go there.
KALTBLUT: Do you prefer sunny landscapes or darker ones?
Christopher: I only really know how to look at things in direct sunlight. There’s a kind of harshness to that light that sort of holds everything up to scrutiny that I really respond to. It’s more the sun than anything though – feeling it on your skin, smelling everything warmed by it and being able to see – it’s a really sensual experience that inspires me to be probably overly nostalgic and romantic, and I’ve always looked towards photographs to express that. I guess I’m kind of a summer photographer.
Christopher: I’m not a fashion photographer, but I’m aware of the connotations possessed by clothes, especially insofar as they can dictate the identity of my subjects to the viewer. I think by requiring my subjects to be naked it saves them from easy, blunt definitions, as well as requires a type of intimacy that I really like having with other people. Having the opportunity to experience that intimacy is one of the main reasons I take pictures.
KALTBLUT: Where do you seek inspiration?
Christopher: Potographs inspiration is an immediate thing. I really try to know the feeling of an emotional urge to take a picture, and leave it at that. I like that feeling. I try and create scenarios that allow me to feel a certain way and my photography kind of acts as the justification for something that in a lot of ways is completely inorganic
Interview by Emma E. K. Jones