What’s your name, age, and where are you from?
My name is Hannah Simone Gottschalk, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Switzerland
How has living in NYC affected your work?
Being exposed to so many new and different people who I’ve met in the city has definitely changed my work, altering the way I perceive people and therefor portray them. The city is just full of inspiration, constantly giving me new ideas and evoking thoughts which then eventually lead to my photographs. I also think the city’s made me evolve and grow in many ways which affects me as a person and an artist.
Most of your work is concerned with taking human form and
transforming in some way, could you explain that fascination a bit?
I’m intrigued by the human body and its diversity. I think that in a lot of my work, I try to see something new in the body or transform it in a way which gives it a deeper meaning
or somehow evokes stronger feelings about the image than if it were just a mere shot of a person. Apart from aesthetic reasons, I’m not sure why I’m so fascinated with the human form. Maybe if I keep taking photos for long enough I’ll figure it out one day.
Your series of portraits with other faces superimposed over the
subjects is quite interesting, how did you come up with the idea and
I used my digital camera to take the portraits, which I then projected onto the people
and then photographed again, but this time using film. The project concerns the idea of
the difference of who people seem to be vs who they actually are and how usually there
isn’t an easy answer but rather a complex one where people have multiple layers to
them but in our society are often compelled to just show one. Of course it also plays off
of my interest in the human figure and the many ways of portraying it.
How’s art school?
It’s amazing. Honestly, Pratt’s magical. In the time I’ve spent here I have met some truly
amazing and fascinating people. It’s great to be surrounded by so many equal minded,
talented and ambitious people. It’s a lot of work but I don’t see how school could ever be
better than this.
Why do you choose to shoot black and white film and print your
images in a traditional darkroom as opposed to shooting digitally?
One reason is that at school the majority of my photo classes are traditional rather
than digital. But I also love all the extra steps that go into creating an image with a film
camera and then printing it in a darkroom. Theres something about the quality of an
image shot on film that can’t be replicated in a digital camera. I also feel more connected
to my analog photographs than I do to my digital ones – maybe because of the extra
work and time that goes into it.
You’re an avid snowboarder and have some snowboarding shots up,
do you see yourself shooting snowboarding more this season?
Yes for sure! I haven’t shot too much snowboarding but it’s something I want to explore
further. I hope I’ll get some good shots in when I’m back home and in Austria this winter
but to be honest, when I’m snowboarding I mainly just want to snowboard, not take
What are you working on next?
At the moment I’m working on a continuation of the projections project but this time,
instead of projecting faces on to faces I’m projecting bodies on to bodies. The whole
thing has a totally different vibe, and I’m not sure it addresses the same ideas as the first
part did, so I’ll see where it takes me.
Last words/shout-outs/thank yous?
Thanks to all my friends and family who have helped me come as far as I
have and been there for me. They know who they are. Check out my work at
www.hannahsimone.net and thanks for reading!