Abbey Sacks is an Artist based in L.A. She is currently working on a project featuring queer/trans/non binary individuals and couples. This is a photo and video project, so Sacks is collecting photo portraits, video interviews as well as extra video footage of the subjects. At the end of all of this, she is hoping to cut together all of the footage into a short documentary. #interview
KALTBLUT: HI Abbey, what did came first for you, photography or movie?
Abbey: I was always interested in a lot of different art forms growing up, whether that was doodling in notebooks or singing or writing little stories. Filmmaking seemed like such a natural transition for me because it was a combination of so many things that I had already loved. Recently I’ve been doing more photography, focusing mainly on intimate portrait work.
KALTBLUT: How was your learning process for both discipline? Abbey: My favorite way to create is to just play around and experiment with the people who I’m close to. I try to focus more on the process of each project rather than a specific outcome, so a lot of my work is really spontaneous and playful. I’ve collaborated with a lot of different kinds of artists in the past – dancers, poets, visual artists, etc. I learn something new each time I shoot because each person brings something completely different to the table.
KALTBLUT: There is a certain denunciation about your work, what are you inspiration?
Abbey: Recently I’ve been really inspired by people. The different qualities about a person that make up who they are – the little idiosyncrasies like the way someone moves their hands or their posture or the way their eyes light up when they talk about certain topics. These are the kinds of moments that I like to capture on camera. The most important thing for me during each shoot is making sure the subjects feels comfortable.
KALTBLUT: What is the message you want to get across to viewers of your work?
Abbey: Vulnerability has always been something that’s really important to me. I try to be vulnerable through my art and create spaces for other people to open up and become vulnerable with me. I try to collaborate with a variety of identities and bodies that are not typically seen in mainstream media, and I want to allow them to exist as their authentic selves on screen.
KALTBLUT: You are currently working on a new project featuring queer/trans/non binary individuals and couples. What was the starting point of this project?
Abbey: As a queer woman, I began to realize that I have never made any projects revolving specifically around the LGBTQ community. I wanted this project to be kind of an exploration for me. I had no idea where it would lead or who I would end up meeting. That’s what was so exciting to me about it. Not only have I learned so much about the queer community, but it’s creating safe spaces and bringing queer people together. I think that is incredibly powerful and important.
KALTLBUT: You are using photography and films for this project, why it is important to have this two different medium?
Abbey: I think using both film and photo allows the project to fluctuate and grow, depending on what ends up happening for each shoot and what feels right for each moment. Some of the shoots focused mainly on the video interview because the subjects had so much to say, while others leaned more towards the photography and visuals.
KALTBLUT: How did you find the people to be featured in this project?
Abbey: I had made a few posts about the project on instagram and had some people reach out to me, as well as just stumbling upon other instagram profiles that I wanted to feature.
KALTBLUT: What is your ultimate goal?
Abbey: By the end of the project, I’m hoping to edit together all of the interview footage into a short documentary. I want queer/trans/nonbinary people to be able to see these images and videos and feel a sense of belonging, to feel visible and to feel validated.