Christian Weber is 38 years old and into it.
MOSSLESS: You’re busy enough these days to make a regular man crazy. How do you find time to even answer these questions?
CHRISTIAN WEBER: I will need to skip the first question, sorry I am pressed for time.
ML: How did you go about taking this picture of Pep Guardiola (above)? Where did the concept come from?
CW: I was working on a commission from a great agency in Spain. The brief was to create a group of intimate and compelling portraitsof Pep Guardiola. The commission was during the World Cup, so as you can imagine Pep was very busy. He set aside a few hours for us to shoot which I was very thankful for. I approached the portrait as I always do, as a collaboration. I like to let the subject drive the image…. their energy, their emotion, my focus is to make them relaxed and as comfortable as possible so they can share a visual moment with the camera. Before making the portrait of Pep I had an idea of isolating the head, very similar to Dutch portrait paintings, Rembrandt in particular.
ML: One of the most exciting things about your photos is your range of work. Do you think you’ll ever settle into one particular genre?
CW: Feeling the way I do now I would say no. Recently I have started working in different mediums and with different technologies to create. I am currentlymore interested in seeing things in multiple mediums. I enjoy the entire process of creating from start to finish. After working in the medium of photography for a number of years new endeavours in film, architecture, and sculpture are exciting.
ML: Do you have a favourite painter?
CW: Francis Bacon all the way.