Saturday, June 19, 2010

Peter Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh shot Kristen McMenamy in the Italian Vogue September 2009 issue.
The portraits are my favorite, with a natural composition. He has a gift for reading human beings and a creative process that is true and authentic to his art.

Creativity is the basis of self-expression. Why are some people supposedly more creative than others, and why can't others open themselves up enough to be able to express who they are? Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow 'reborn' from all our experiences and perspectives. Creativity is the desire to express ourselves. To formulate these expressions, we have to draw from our reservoir of experience, dreams, desires and experimentation and mix together what was, what is, and what could be... I don't think you can learn it, it is rather something that evolves. Your perception of everything in your life fills up this reservoir. Some people are drawn to create and express themselves, others are drawn to reflect, to analyze. But in the end, they all could be creative if they had the desire to explore the way in which they are integrated in the world of their experiences. Because creativity is really a rebirth, a true tone we feel for ourselves and for our world. Then our work becomes a real part of who we are. Maybe all this is a question of how deep we are willing to go...

By Peter Lindbergh with Lily,
New York, June 1996


  1. wow, i love this post. i think it is my all time favorite. i totally agree with you and the way you described it.. it is just amazing. it is one thing to be born but it is another to really live which is a rebirth in its own as we find who ourselves and really who we are.

  2. What an amazing thing to say-he expresses something which I kind of knew, but didn't have the words to describe. Thank you for posting this. x

  3. I feel what you said is really going to inspire me even more with my drawing, sewing and photograph. :)
    its weird when think about it. When you yourself are "creative" and you stumble upon someone that isnt you just dont really get it. Its a natural thing to imagine and dream in a way, creativity is a couple of steps further. Its like those people are a little narrow minded and put barriers to themselves like i dont know how to do painting or whatever. Which is sad because artists arent the ones with the technics but the ones that are sensitive to beauty, emotions, feelings around them, they look and experiment different ways to capture it and share.

  4. Andrea, thank you for a beautiful description.

  5. Haha, your welcome. :D you bring up interesting subjects.
    I love reading your blog, especially, because you usually talk about things i love (art, the doors,...) :) and your pictures are awesome!


    Ps: youve seen "when youre strange"(?) did you like it? Im so bummed out its not playing near my town. :(
    (oh and will you be doing HC in paris? :) )