Lemos + Lehmann
Would you mind introducing yourselves? We are Pat Lemos (Vigo, Spain, 1982) and Lukas Lehmann (Zwickau, Germany, 1986). We are visual artists with a BA in fine arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein of Halle/Salle, respectively; creators and members of the artistic duo LEMOS + LEHMANN, active since 2014. Nowadays, we live between Spain and Iceland seeking a balance between golden, blue skies and northern energy; across ways of inhabiting the world.
Lukas & Pat’s Instagram - @lemosandlehmann
When did you (either or both) first fall in love with taking photos? We fell in love with photography while falling in love with each other. Using an old Praktica from East Germany, we started taking a picture of each other during breakfast after spending the night together. We were using photography from a, one might say, more romantic perspective, with the sole goal of capturing time –the pace of a love relationship that was still young and uncertain. We did this for a whole year and the habit then turned into a ritual, moreover, into our first duo project: The Light Behind, entailing three hundred snapshots.
How would you describe your style of photography? Our style is in permanent transformation. We shoot portraits, landscapes, still-lifes... But for us, it is so much more about the atmosphere we aim to achieve, the emotions that things hold and radiate, rather than the motifs themselves. We want the audience to step in, to go beyond the role of the observer and dive into an experience with all senses awaken. Lemos + Lehmann’s gaze is raw but layered with subtleties, formally moving from the figurative to the most abstract, emotionally and conceptually from the natural to the mystical, and the supernatural.
Do (either or both) of you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Thousands! But if we had to choose, The Light Behind, as a whole, is the most powerful experience we had so far before and behind the lens. Each and every photograph in the series is at once a portrait and a self- portrait. A portrait of whom is in the frame and a self-portrait of whom is shooting.
What inspires your photography? Travelling, being in movement... As well as moments, events and places within which we find ourselves in our daily lives. The search of what is not visible at first glance, the ambiguity and essence of nature, objects or even the most inherent aspects of the human condition. Also, Art in its various ways and manifestations is a huge source of inspiration for us.
What kind of camera do you use? We only work with analogue photography: we shift between a Nikon fm2, a Praktica L and a compact Olympus Muji ii for the 35mm. For medium format, we use the Hasselblad 500cm.
What’s your editing process like? Our photos are almost never edited. Rephrasing Jonas Meka's words, we believe that “if we failed to get the essence of the moment during the shooting, no amount of editing is going to get it”. However, the scanning process holds a big importance for us (we usually work with Carmencita Film Lab, based in Valencia, Spain). Sometimes, we slightly (re)work specific details with Lightroom.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Observe and be open to feel and navigate all layers of life. Be aware and pick the discipline you are most comfortable with in order to express yourself, as there is no better way to do so than the one coming from true desire.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Wolfgang Tillmans’ work and his way to interconnect the images in exhibitions and books is definitely one of our main referents. We also admire the documentary work of Nan Goldin, Alec Soth or Christopher Anderson. The Japanese glance of Eikoh Hosoe and his photo books are something fascinating for us, as well as Ren Hang’s imaginary. And with no doubt, we also keep an eye on the new generations like Sara Walker, Lisa Lurati, Laia Abril and Rita Puig-Serra Costa, among others.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? At this very moment, Japan.
Which time of the year is your favourite for taking photographs? We love seasons and how they influence light, environment and habits, which means we enjoy taking pictures all year long.
The coolest place you’ve ever been? Pat: I love desertic, bare and vast spaces so I would say both the Sahara and Iceland have been the most impressive locations for me, at least in terms of creating images.
Lukas: I would say Iceland, even living there. It is still outstanding to have months without nights and the feeling of being so small in front of nature. India had also a big impact on me, but rather a cultural and emotional one.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? Next September, we are flying to Menorca to start a new project. After that, we would love to explore certain areas of Greece, the Capadoccia and, without any doubt, go back to Asia.
Anything extra you would like to share? We are currently working on our first photobook titled ‘One and All’; stay tuned! You can keep updated through our website www.lemosandlehmann.com and on social media: @lemosandlehmann.
Last but not least, we want to thank hippo magazine for this opportunity to be featured in their platform as well as for their amazing work!