Interview#42 Häre Christian
How old are you?
Where are you from?
What kind of photographic equipment do you use?
Contax T2, Yashica T3 and T4 and a couple of reflex cameras, Olympus and Minolta.
What do you do when you are not shooting?
Apart from work I read, jogg, skateboard, and always leave the city on weekends. My girlfriend and I come up with weekend plans and go do things and see stuff all over. I recently picked up golfing and fishing!
What was the first photograph you were proud of?
Probably this one photograph of a bike I took for my first black and white photography class in high school. I had chosen photography over Spanish and French which I didn’t see the point of. I was maybe 17 and happy with my bike photo, the teacher told me it wasn’t good and I guess I skipped photography class for the rest of the year. The course was super long though so my average grade got weighted down and that pretty much prevented me from entering university programs in Sweden. After high school I moved to Spain, became obsessed with (Spanish) language, did Uni and started taking photographs. I’m learning French now. I guess these things did have a point after all.
How much preparation is there behind your photographs?
Have you ever done sacrifices or compromises as a photographer?
I don’t think so. Maybe in the sense that a lot of the times I’ll still avoid taking someone’s picture or avoid taking advantage of a situation. Still not comfortable with the feeling of stealing or taking the easy way (at someone else’s cost), you know - although some would say it is not stealing at all - and I’m actually not convinced of having to get over this either. I think I might value scruples still.
What is your safe place?
The island of Hven in Sweden.
Do you have any obsessions?
Oh yes. I’ve recently realized that I do have an obsessive behavior and control issues. Stuff that I need to do or else the system and structure breaks down, if I were to let go everything would go the “wrong” way. I mean, I’m still convinced that what I’m doing is the right thing, but I think it’s the way I do it or the way I think of it that should be relaxed. Maybe I need help with this thing.
Is there an artist you’ll gladly collaborate with or that you regard with esteem?
Not that I can think of, but I’m open for suggestions!
▶Your project “We Can’t Meet For Coffee" is a collaboration between you and Ivan Rodriguez Faba, based on the representation of your life in Barcelona and his life in Brooklyn. How is this project born and how you develop it?
We basically weren’t talking to each other much, by the time we had been living in separate places for a couple of years already, I had been away 4 years in Copenhagen and by the time I moved back to Barcelona, he’d moved away to NYC, so I figured that we should start showing our photographs to each other and that way start talking again, which we have been doing since through photos. It’s uncontrolled, not commented upon and to its own discretion. The coffee title was just something that came up because apart from whatever we would do together, we would meet for coffee virtually every day. We’ve seen each other maybe 3 times in the last 4-5 years I think, but we actually talked on the phone 3 days ago for the first time in years. At one point we’ve talked about doing a show together and print something, which we still might do!
[If you want to see more, find him on harechtistian.tumblr.com]