An Interview with Kim Høltermand [Part 2]
Day 4 of Lemonade’s Advent calender, our very own countdown to Christmas. Today we bring you part 2 of our recent interview with Danish photographer Kim Høltermand, enjoy.
Lemonade Magazine: Your previous work has been well documented so let’s focus on some of your newer projects. Can you tell us the story behind the Outliers project and what your hopes and expectations are for it?
Kim Høltermand: The Outliers project started out in 2010. I started chatting with fellow photographer Tim Navis via Facebook and we quickly ‘clicked’. We wanted to meet in person and the idea of making a documentary together quickly grew in our minds. A documentary of two photographers with completely different styles, shooting the same things in a remote place on the face of the earth. That special place became Iceland. Mostly due to its epic beauty and unique environment but also because we both felt drawn to this mysterious island of fog. What started out as an idea of the two of us along with a cameraman in Iceland grew into more – after endless amounts of emails and chatting we got even more creative people on board. Film collective Scenic Studio and music composer and producer Deru also joined the crew. Because music is such a big part of our inspiration we wanted a killer soundtrack to go along with the beautiful visuals and a lot of our favourite musicians agreed on composing new material for our soundtrack. Artists such as Shigeto, Loscil, Goldmund, Asura, Tycho, Joby Talbot, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Take, Thomas Knak, Heathered Pearls, Eskmo and Son Lux cwhere confirmed. A project of this calibre would need money to become reality so we started a Kickstarter project and crossed our fingers. On September 4th 2011 our project got funded successfully thanks to the amazing Kickstarter community – collecting more than our goal of $ 45.000 USD in 45 days. We were ecstatic – we were going to Iceland! – to meet for the first time and to shoot the documentary of our dreams and a lifetime. And so we did. In October of 2011 we met and we had the trip of a lifetime. A trip that I will never forget and a trip that I am so thankful to have been part of. The finished result will be shown to the public for the first time next year – during spring 2012 when we hit the Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago with a special event including a screening of our documentary and an audio/visual performance from Deru along with artists from the soundtrack. Outliers will be unlike anything you have ever seen and on a whole new level. You will get a unique look behind the minds of two internationally renowned photographers and hopefully it will inspire and encourage other creatives; photographers, musicians, filmmakers to believe in what they do – to follow their dreams and make it happen.
LM: For the project you worked in partnership with two other artists. Was this something you’d done before and did you find it easy?
KH: I had never worked with other artists on any project before so of course I was exited (read: nervous as hell) to see if it would work. But it was so giving and inspiring to work with such an amazing group of creatives. We learned a lot from each other and made friendships for life.
LM: New developments are always changing the nature of creation. You use digital cameras and recently funded your latest project with the crowd funding website Kickstarter. What do you think the next big thing will be?
KH: I honestly don’t know. Well I have always wanted to make a book and a documentary on me and my work as photographer. And I also have some other concepts and ideas which I prefer keeping for myself. There is no doubt that having succeeded with the Outliers project has given me even more inspiration and believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Who knows what’s next? That’s what makes my work so damn nice. You don’t know what happens tomorrow. The sky is the limit.
LM: Quite a few exceptionally talented artists are emerging out of Denmark at the moment. Do you think this is due to past culture and history or current politics?
KH: A little bit of both.
LM: Who are your favourite artists, past and present?
KH: Wow. Where to begin and where to end? The list is endless.
LM: If you could travel back in time and give some advice to your younger self what would it be? Also, do you have any advice or words of wisdom for aspiring artists?
KH: Keep believing no matter what and never give up your dream.
LM: What can we expect from you in the future and is there anywhere you would like your work to take?
KH: Expect the unexpected. Hopefully I will still be able to amaze people with my imagery and push my creativity to unseen heights. And I have a feeling that my work might be going in the cinematic direction…