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Photography by Thomas Zamolo

Mar 29, 2016

Thomas is a French dancer and talented self-taught photographer currently based in Stockholm, Sweden who preferably works with Polaroid images as he is fascinated by the uniqueness and originality of this medium. Following we present the nice interview we had with him: am - First of all, thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Please tell us a bit about your career and how did you start in photography? TZ - My main career has been until now in contemporary dance. I was a dancer for 15 years and currently I’m a rehearsal director for a Swedish contemporary dance company. I also freelance as a lighting and stage designer. When I decided to play with photography It was to explore something different, to learn other art forms and get away from the dance world and the way it operates. I taught myself photography during several years and I’ve been fortunate to be part of exhibitions, book publications and other exciting projects. am - What inspires your work? TZ - Inspirations are everywhere in my everyday life. I really enjoy following the games my kids can come up with. They generate tons of beautiful ideas and I steal a lot of their creative notions! I also observe the social situations around me. I create stories or scenarios for future photographs while listening to the people around me. And at work of course, everyday there are so many great images that appear from what we are doing in the studio or on stage; Situations, costumes, dramatic tensions, concepts, lighting… If you are attentive to your surroundings, everything is already there and all of the time. am - Why do you focus your work on instant photography? TZ - I like to collaborate when I work, then I realized that Polaroid films have such a strong artistic identity themselves that what you are actually doing is collaborating with it. In the process of making these photographs you are not alone, there are two artists at work. Sometimes it is interesting pushing or challenging the film but sometimes it pushes you back to go to places that you would not have gone yourself. am - Who are your favorite photographers / artists? TZ - Lots of different photographers inspire me. It’s also interesting to observe where the trends are going in the various fields of photography. There’s a lot to take in, and I’m trying not to get too strongly influenced by one or another. There’s so much photography around us at the moment that it is hard not to feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the great quality of the works that people produce. am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words? TZ - Tacit, Simplexity (complex and simple). am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without? TZ - My two boys, they are probably more than 5 things, they are plenty to me. am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go? TZ- Next summer I will be going back to the French Polynesia, this place is just amazing. I would definitely see myself living there for a year or more, enjoying life, the warm weather, being with my family, surfing and taking photographs of the landscape and people. But I could also see myself getting a small Van and traveling for a year around Canada and all the way to the end of Alaska. When I travel I like to get away from big cities and get closer to nature and ‘recharge my batteries’. am - Favorite songs / bands at the moment? TZ - I’m not really the type of dude that has favorites, I like all kind of good music and discovering new stuff. It all depends in my mood or in what I’m doing. am - What’s your favorite movie? TZ - I’m kind of a movie junky! It’s very hard for me to choose just one movie. What I recently watched: “The Hateful Eight” was pretty impressive; “Deadpool” was actually quite funny; “The Swedish theory of love” a very interesting documentary. I enjoy most films but horror ones, I’m just too scared for this genre! am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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