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Jul 10, 2015

A CONVERSATION WITH MARIO KROES

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THE FINE PRINT: How did photography become your chosen career?
MARIO KROES: Growing up, I was always envious of friends that knew what they wanted to do with their lives, while I was struggling to find my own path. I chose to study Business Administration because I thought it was a safe and stable choice. I worked in business for a few years after graduating, but during my lunch breaks, I would browse Tumblr and other blogs. After six months of saving images, I started to ask myself why I was saving all these images. At that point, I realized I wanted to do something artistic with my life, so I bought a camera that I had no idea how to use, left my job and started to take my own photos.

TFP: Women are very present and impeccably represented in your work. How does femininity affect your aesthetic?
MK: I love women for their elegance and beauty. To me, there is a thin line between strength and weakness in femininity, and I think that I can connect to that asymmetry very intimately.

TFP: Could you describe to us your ideal woman?

MK: Looks aside, I’d say I am most attracted to confidence, strength and vulnerability. To me, there is nothing more attractive than a woman that carries herself with pride, knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to show her weaknesses.JL3A1034

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tumblr_nca2wcYDha1r0quubo1_1280TFP: Your portraits are simply exquisite. How does this type of photography grasp your inspiration over more stagnant subjects?  

MK: I’d actually like to do more still life, I just haven’t had much personal time to work on it. I like to photograph people, and I always try to bring out something visceral and raw. That to me, is always the most fascinating thing about a person, something a person shows once their guard is down and their natural personality comes out.


TFP: It appears evident in your work that your preference is in black and white photography, do you prefer it over coloured images and if so, why?

MK: Yes I do, because to me black and white is romantic, timeless and most of all, it leaves the most to one’s imagination.


TFP: What is your favourite project you’ve worked on so far?

MK: Probably my first still life series, titled “The Allegory of Life and Death.” I took a human skull along with flowers and froze it in a 300 pound block of ice. I took the ice block to my studio and let it melt for hours while taking photos. My studio was flooded, but being alone and watching something that was entirely in my head come to life was incredible and a very intimate experience.

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tumblr_mv1ge1VUzG1r0quubo1_1280tumblr_nombijFx4S1r0quubo1_1280TFP: Are there any other passions, hobbies, or people that influence your work?
MK: I think it all kind of comes together in your head as a crude thought and the more you think about it, the more you shape it into something specific. I spend a lot of time on Tumblr and other blogs, searching for things to inspire me. I would say that other art-work including music are my main influences.

TFP: Any plans for the upcoming year you would like to share with our readers?

MK: I would like to work on some more personal projects. Aside from that, I am putting all my energy into building my work as a photographer at the moment, trying to push my own limits by putting myself into uncomfortable situations where I have to take risks— because that’s where I know that I always grow the most, spiritually and artistically.

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 Pictures are a courtesy of Mario Kroes.  

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