Shoot the Breeze: Ina Niehoff

German photographer Ina Niehoff shows a blunt aesthetic vision inspired by everyday objects. Her striking composition isolates common man-made objects and natural elements of her surroundings, creating visual sculptures out of nothing. Ina contributed to issue #11 in a six page spread featuring resting parasols, a lonely pack of crackers, a single cloud, etc.  See her pix below!  Intro by Giuliana Contavalli

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 1. Why do you take photos?
It keeps me alive and let’s me never forget to observe my surrounding. I can’t handle it to not take photos. It just the most natural thing I can do.
2. Do you carry your camera with you everywhere you go?
Yes, usually I do.
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3. What celebrity would you like to shoot most?
Sophie Calle
4. What animal would you like to be, if not a human? 
A penguin, maybe.
5. What is your favorite smell?
Rain.
And the change of seasons.
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6. Would you like to live forever?
Yes.
7. What do you think is the best photo you have ever taken to date?
Well – very hard to say. I would say it’s a photo of my mum, naked at a german north sea beach. It looks very natural and intimately. It’s more than 20 years ago, and of course we somehow dissociated oneselves from each other while getting older. I think I could never take that photo of her again. If yes, that would be the next photo I would be very proud of.

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8. What’s your favorite pastime? 
Beeing outside, spending crazy times with friends making up utopian future plans, looking at the seaside, exploring urban spaces and collecting sticks from walks in the woodland.
9. Do you like having your photo taken? 
I should do this more often and then get used to it. I don’t like it too much, but it helps to understand.
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