Jan 25, 2017
Bego Anton is a Spanish journalist and photographer who cleverly depicts visual stories that are both beautiful and interesting to see. “Lady Winter” is the story of a small Icelandic community and their relationship to harsh weather conditions. Calm stills and thoughtful portraits, set against minimalist landscapes, transport us to the feelings and thoughts of this community that endures life in a unique and beautiful place.
Following we present a short interview that we had with Anton:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
BA - Hi! My name is Bego Antón, I’m a photographer from Bilbao, Spain even if I studied journalism. At the moment I’m working on my new story, called ‘All Of Them Witches’, a visual recreation of witch hunting in the Basque Country in the middle ages.
am - What is “Lady Winter” about?
BA - Lady Winter is a story I did during a residency in Iceland. I lived in Olafsfjordur, a small and remote village in the north of Iceland, for two months. I expected to depict human behaviour in adverse atmospheric conditions and investigate the consequences this can have in its bond with nature and landscape.
am - Can you talk a bit about your approach to the work? What were you most interested in capturing with these photographs?
BA - I was working with no real schedule for the first time. I usually think a lot about the pictures I am going to make and draw sketches. This time I was very intuitive and I planned a routine. I would go out to shoot everyday no matter if there was a blizzard, a storm or was a sunny day. I wanted to show how life is during winter in a small town, thing is that it was so cold that most of the people where in their homes. So I decided to come to every single activity in town; I would go to aquagym lessons, knitting classes, the church choir, inside minigolf…. I ended up knowing most of the inhabitants and they treated me as their own. It was a very gratifying project to make.
am - Did you have any specific references or sources of inspiration in mind for “Lady Winter"?
BA - Lady Winter was one of my very first projects so even if I had some ideas of what I was looking for, I didn't have any concrete reference for it. For the story I’m working on at the moment I am looking for old paintings and movies. I am starting to be influenced by arts other than photography in a stronger way more and more.
am - What have been the main influences on your photography?
BA - Diane Arbus, no doubt. And then came a long list on photographers like Alec Soth, William Eggleston, Ilona Szwarc, Lieko Shiga, Rineke Dijkstra… It’s a neverending list!
am - What’s your favourite movie?
BA - That’s an impossible question to answer… I can´t pick just one because cinema is one of my favourite things and has a very strong influence in my work. Lobster, Badlands, The Wicker Man, Three women, Women without men. I also watch shows like Twin Peaks, Six Feet Under, MadMen, Transparent, Fargo…
am - What are you reading at the moment?
BA - ‘La hora de despertarnos juntos’, by Kirmen Uribe. In English: ‘Time To Wake Up Together’. You have to read it!
am - What is your favourite photo book?
BA - I will answer with the the first book I really really really wanted to have and I bought straight away when the second edition came out: ‘For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose 60 Seconds of Happiness’, by Julian Germain.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
BA - My pleasure :)