Fränni Krensel is a self-taught photographer who is inspired by the universe. She loves autumn colours and rain, and winter cold. Art, history and trash movies are her biggest passions along with ginger ale. After having studied art history, archaeology, philosophy and literature she found her love to the camera and she is sticking to it.
KALTBLUT: Of all the cities you’ve been to, which ones have amazed you most and why?
Fränni: The city that amazed me most is definitely my greatest love of all –Stockholm! Since I’ve visited this city the first time there was a feeling of being home – there are no reasons for it, I just feel it. When I am there I feel comfortable and inspired. If not, I miss it like hell. Other cities that amazed me wereLondonandBerlin. These cities are full of creativity and so varied. I really like the vibes of both cities – every day is pure inspiration. I guess I have to mention another city, too:Florence. One of my favourite cities ever! I’ve studied art history and this city is a dreamland for everyone who’s interested in art!
KALTBLUT: There is a feeling of calm in many of your photos. What are you like in real life?
Fränni: I guess I could quote Goethes ‘Faust’, because two souls are resting in my body. On the one hand I am impatient and often looking for drama and perfection. On the other hand I am calm – especially when I’m working creatively, in this case taking photos. Then I am the patience in person and find my inner peace, my spirituality. To photograph fills me completely.
KALTBLUT: What makes film different to digital in your opinion?
Fränni: To take photos in analogue means to catch inspiring moments when they are present. Everything is pure and so natural. All you need is your heart, senses and good eye, for recognizing those moments. So the difference for me is, that you take photos more conscious, because you don’t have an unlimited number of images, that you can edit after shooting. Moreover I love the process of developing photos as well as working with light and its effects with analogue cameras – natural light is pure inspiration for me. I see the advantages and benefits of digital photography, but for me it isn’t the same feeling. My heart belongs to analogue photography.
Fränni: Yes, there are many places according to this question, but the first that came into my mind wasIceland. Just by thinking of it I become peaceful – the endless landscape, pure nature, northern lights and all these colours… I hope I can make this dream come true some day, because so far it always failed because of the money.
Interview by Amanda M. Jansson