Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Artist Profile and studio visit -- Daniel M. Schmude --

Artist Profile and studio visit -- Daniel M. Schmude --
by Richard Schemmerer























Artist Profile Daniel M. Schmude


Berlin art Blog is exited to present a portrait of a serious artist by that I mean somebody who is interested in more than providing decoration for a home but to provide the collector with a conversation piece that inspires a discussion about the state of our body politics in the 21st century. Lots has changed but many things seem stagnant like a rotten pond of water in our brains.

Daniel M. Schmude is one of those artists that wants to be the spring that refreshes this ancient lake of prejudges against the nude male body for example or shine alight at the the still underlying race baiting issues in our daily news.

Of course no issue is just black or white and neither are his photo tableaus. One of his latest projects uses a window as the stage to frame, to capture the personal environment of his subjects to reveal the vulnerability that hovers just underneath the veneer in all of us.

The series was started in Berlin next was New York and now continues in London to give us a glimpse behind the veil, the armor clothing provides us with and allows us to hide behind.

He just finished of a very successful exhibit at the Leslie-Lohmann Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City called "Medium of Desire."
He is right now in an art show in the German city of Koblenz at Schaustudio (www.facebook.com/SCHAUstudio)
together with Artboydancing, Stephan White.

Daniel is the proprietor of the Berlin based Launch Photostudio (www.launchfotodesign.com) where he creates his artistic master pieces but also provides commercial access for all kinds of photo based services. His professional services can be accessed under
HTTP://danielmschmudephotography.tumblr.com/


I did a couple of previous interviews with Daniel and here are some excerpts from his train of thought.



How has the Art scene in Berlin changed?


I always loved Berlin, as its a place where creative people still have a chance to work, getting support and live their visions. I do notice that it changes slowly. Berlin became more popular over the past years. More and more people come and move there. The city invests to build more buildings and polish areas up. The rents are getting higher and higher. and that definitely effect the art scene .



Tell me about your background as a gay man in the 21st century?


I pretty much live a normal life and hardly ever have to explain myself to others. The world has changed, the fights other gay people fought in the past, paid off for me. I could marry the man I love, people around don't treat me any different.


What was the idea behind this exhibit "Medium of Desire: An International Anthology of Photography and Video?


Using human beauty, desire, Eros, and sexuality, this new photography based exhibition reveals that cultural differences, whether defined by national borders, sexual orientation, or gender identification, can be simultaneously vast yet familiar. Regardless of one’s sexual orientation or country of origin, feelings of desire, when successfully represented, can serve to minimize our differences and bring us closer. By using the theme “desire,” this exhibition draws together the work of fourteen contemporary artists from China, Japan, Greece, Russia, Holland, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, and the U.S., as expressed through the medium of photography and video.

You are working on a people in windows series, can you tell us about the idea behind it?

I started this series in 2011 Berlin,Germany. Most people see their homes as their personal protection, a place to hide, a place to be themselves. I went to peoples apartments and shot them infront of their windows. I personally view the window as an exit to the outside world. The models are half nude or nude, to symbolize´s their is no need for protection or costume´s in their own space of freedom.

see the rest of the interview here
http://thepridereview.blogspot.de/2015/12/interview-with-photographer-daniel-m.html























What’s your backround and how did you get into art especially photography?


I grew up with Art. My father is a painter and always painted and drew or created sculptures (abstract or mostly nude bodies or body parts ). I took my first photograph when I was 14 years old. My uncle is also a photographer and took me with him to shoots and to the photo lab. At age 25 I decided to make my hobby my profession. I studied photography at the Best-Sabel Collage of Design in Berlin (2001-2004) and also worked as a photo assistant at the University of Albany, State University of New York (2003). Shortly after my graduation I decided to open up my own photo studio named “Launch” in Berlin. I have worked as an independent photographer since 2005.



What does identity mean to you?



To know who you are and what are you capable of is very important in life. I was a reserved and confused teenager with lots of thoughts and feelings, but no means of expression. I have always been in search of who I am. Photography was always a good way to self-reflect and to finding my identity.


What is your artistic vision?

I want to open up people`s minds with my art work with serious themes, but they should also have fun looking at it. The world is already serious enough and full of moral boundaries.


Here are some statistics about Daniel


Daniel has upcoming exhibitions planned for 2016 in Berlin, London and the USA.

His fine art prints have been acquired by private collections throughout Europe and the USA.

Events

"Fetish on Display", Espacio Gallery, London 2016

"Play on Desires/ Spiel der Begierde", SchauStudio, Koblenz, Germany 2016


“Medium of Desire”, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Curated by Peter Weiermair.

New York City 2015-16

"Skin",The Ballery, Berlin 2016

“The Male Figures 6”, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2015

„Rinaldo´s Salon“, The Ballery, Berlin 2015

"Never trust a pretty face - isnt´t it iconic!?! “, HS-Solid, Berlin 2015

“30x30, No.12”, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2015

“November”, The Ballery, Berlin 2014

“Fifty: Fifty”, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2014

„Am laufenden Band 4“, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2014

“The Male Figures 5”, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2014

„Am laufenden Band 3“, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2013

„30x30“, No.11“, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2013

“The Male Figures 4”, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2013

“Something new, something old”, Galerie Mooiman, Groningen, Netherlands, 2012

“30x30, No.10”, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2012

„The Male Figure 3“, Kunstbehandlung, Munich 2012

„Inventory“, Altes Umspannwerk Moabit, Berlin 2010

„Posing for Identity“, Colourblind Galerie, Cologne 2009

„49 Akte“, City-Galerie , Bautzen, Germany 2006


contact

http://danielmschmudephotography.tumblr.com/

http://instagram.com/danielmschmudephotography/

www.launchfotodesign.com



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Interviews for The Pride Review
by Richard Schemmerer
http://thepridereview.blogspot.de/2012/04/pride-review-interview-with-daniel-m.html

concept & photography copyright by Richard Schemmerer

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Immaculate perception" sculpture by Richard Schemmerer


"Immaculate perception" sculpture by Richard Schemmerer



"Immaculate perception"

mixed media sculpture


Sometimes we want a dream to come true so badly that we make up a reality around it. Sometimes we need to have a savior and we make up a whole religion to rationalize life.
Our perception is faulty but we pretend that it is immaculate. Other times a dream can be a seed that bares a lively fruit almost like in a miracle.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Interview with photographer Daniel M. Schmude-Sterling



Interview with photographer Daniel M. Schmude-Sterling



https://www.facebook.com/DanielMSchmudePhotography/















Interview with Daniel M. Schmude-Sterling

more info at


http://danielmschmudephotography.tumblr.com/archive



Tell me about your background as a gay man in the 21st century?


I pretty much live a normal life and hardly ever have to explain myself to others. The world has changed, the fights other gay people fought in the past, paid off for me. I could marry the man I love, people around don't treat me any different.





What personal taste in art?

I am pretty much open to any kind of art. If it speaks to me, I like it.




What is the mission of your new/old photo studio Launch Fotostudio?


The mission is pretty much the same. Doing the commercial photography to make the income and continue to make my art in my free time. The new studio is way smaller now, but more efficient and in a popular area of Berlin.



How and when did you decide to be a photographer in Berlin?


I started with 14 as a hobby. After I finished the training as a social worker, I decided to study photography. Since I graduated I work as a self employed photographer.



How has the Art scene changed there?



I always loved Berlin, as its a place where creative people still have a chance to work, getting support and live their visions. I do notice that it changes slowly. Berlin became more popular over the past years. More and more people come and move there. The city invests to build more buildings and polish areas up. The rents are getting higher and higher. and that definitely effect the art scene .



What do you think of art as a commercial enterprise in general?

To make a solid income with photography and art, the commercial enterprise is an compromise.





What is the idea behind this exhibit "Medium of Desire: An International Anthology of Photography and Video. Where and when is it?

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

26 Wooster Street

New York, NY 10013

December 18, 2015 - March 16, 2016

Medium of Desire: An International Anthology of Photography and Video

Curated by Peter Weiermair

Using human beauty, desire, Eros, and sexuality, this new photography based exhibition reveals that cultural differences, whether defined by national borders, sexual orientation, or gender identification, can be simultaneously vast yet familiar. Regardless of one’s sexual orientation or country of origin, feelings of desire, when successfully represented, can serve to minimize our differences and bring us closer. By using the theme “desire,” this exhibition draws together the work of fourteen contemporary artists from China, Japan, Greece, Russia, Holland, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, and the U.S., as expressed through the medium of photography and video.


Opening Reception: Friday, December 18, 6 - 8 pm




You are working on a people in windows series, can you tell us about the idea behind it?



I started this series in 2011 Berlin,Germany. Most people see their homes as their personal protection, a place to hide, a place to be themselves. I went to peoples apartments and shot them infront of their windows. I personally view the window as an exit to the outside world. The models are half nude or nude, to symbolize´s their is no need for protection or costume´s in their own space of freedom.




What is the significance of the Internet in context to photography?


Since most people using the Internet and photography as visual art, the internet is substantial. It's easy to reach people that way. I do prefer the real deal. Please people, go into Galleries !





In your art there is of male nudity depicted to make which point?



I am most fascinated by the human body-- the varieties, aesthetics and its expressiveness. The naked body allows me to take an honest look at a person. Stripped away of clothes what remains is pure, a true representation.

That I photographed more male then female nudes just developed that why. For some reason men where always easier to convince to pose nude for me then women. I do plan to change that in the future.




















Can art help us to bring us closer together?


Of course, that's why I do what I do. I always wanted to bring people together and talk, learn and understand.





What does iconic mean to you?


Something thats artistic, grand and memorable.



How do you see yourself through a window as you get older?


I look forward to it, and enjoying every single grey here I am getting right now.




After the show at Leslie Lohman what other projects have you lined up?



Next year is a year of building. Focusing, creating, working. Right now I don't have an project lined up. But as I know myself, suddenly something will come up.





How do you see yourself developing as an artist in Berlin?

I can only hope and work on it, that everything continues how it does right now.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Drumming in circles by Richard Schemmerer





Drumming in circles


Sisters and brothers of perpetual communality
I hear your beat your drum that reminds us
That nothing is built to last not even the cross we carry
Together as one under many under one nation
United by the attraction to the same sex
Drumming in circles we speak to be heard
As an equal opportunity player in the game of life
We are not offensive to nature but a vital part
Our core is pure is the substance of creative force
To become is our destiny to be is our right

"Party Boys" photography by Richard Schemmerer

The Pride Review: "Party Boys" photography by Richard Schemmerer

Circuit boys

The circuit party boys are boys for hire to show off their physic and heat up the party. Circuit parties started with the early tea dances way back then when it was not enough to party Saturday night. It was the rave and in the big cities it still is. The parties are social gatherings for gay men where we can be ourselves free of censorship that’s when the shirts come off and our bodies are taken over by the rhythms of the night and by vodka shooters.

Circuit parties are for every one young and old, ready and willing to celebrate gay pride through dance and music and hopefully gets laid afterwards or during.

Parties are like major holidays for the gay community. They are celebrations of life as it unfolds and our sexuality which we usually are not able to express in a public place.

They are our haven of freedom to self express and are a powerful statement to ourselves that we are okay that we are lovable and joyousness human beings.

Circuit parties come with a bag of controversy and lot of pills and stimulants and it would be stupid not to point out the dangers. All said our parties have been the a cultural barometers of our unity.
They also pump a big financial punch into any community who opens their heart to gays.

The circuit followed the disco movement which liberated gays from the closet of bigotry. All of a sudden we could be also beautiful, a star for a night on the dance floor of our own life’s.

Play safe and be kind to eachother
















"Party Boys"

photography
by
Richard Schemmerer

copyright 2010

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Interview with Liam Campbell founder of ELSKA Magazine


Interview with Liam Campbell founder of ELSKA Magazine















What is the mission of Elska?

My broad mission for Elska is to open people’s minds and encourage curiosity. Maybe you’ll read Elska and rethink how you conceive beauty, how you view people from other cultures, or even just get interested in travelling to a new city. It’s all about giving people images and texts that draw you in and make you think.


What is your idea of beauty?

Definitely it’s a variable thing, and something that’s absolutely connected to what’s inside a person. When I was a teenager, I can remember having a very specific “type”, but it changed and continues to change as I meet different types of people. Beauty is hard to define, if it’s even possible, but what I’d say is that you don’t have to be pretty to be loved, but when you love someone, they are beautiful.


How did you come up with the idea for Elska and what is its mission?

The idea for Elska came last year when I was working as a flight attendant. I originally took the job because I loved to travel and wanted to do more photography during layovers abroad. As time went on, the photography became so much of a passion that I started using the airline trips to get together with models and build a fashion / editorial photography portfolio. Maybe it’s just the way I work, but I developed connections to the models and their characters became much more interesting than their looks or clothes. So instead of going toward a fashion career, I went down this more intimate, documentarian and gay-orientatated route.



What does the name stand for?

Elska isn’t an acronym, but rather it’s the Icelandic word for “love”. Iceland was the first country I ever visited outside my own country, and it was really the start of my travel passion.


What attracts you to photography?

Hard question. The clearest thing I can say is that I get an incredible rush when I’m processing photos from a shoot and find ones that really tell a story, that really make you understand who the subject is. The technical part, the actual shooting, the planning… I like those things but it’s the feeling I get when I see the final product that I chase.





What is your expirience as a gay man?

Gosh, I wouldn't know where to begin… No one told me what kind of man to be when I was growing up. I didn’t know any gay people, there was no “Will and Grace” or “Modern Family” back then. I just knew that I felt suffocated growing up, trying to be something I wasn’t, which is why I left home when I turned 18 and went to London. When I got there I was just totally authentic and I’ve tried to be that way all the time. Often I worry that I’m doing it wrong, that I’m not a “typical” gay man, but as long as I’m being authentic, I feel no shame.

How do you fit into this label?

I fit into the label of gay man in the sense that I’m into men. I also have an appreciation for gay history and culture, even if I don’t actually know any Liza Minelli songs, though I do have the 7” single of “Woman in Love” by Barbara Steisand! The truth is that I’ve never totally fit in anywhere, but as I said, I’m at least trying to be authentic.


One article is about travel & sex. Do you any funny story yourself?

One of the most interesting things to me about travel is how different I’m treated depending on the country I’m in. For example, at home in England I feel like a total troll, but when I’m in America, I’m pretty popular with the guys. In Japan I’m hot; in Korea people don’t even want to sit next to me on the train. In Argentina people are queuing to suck me off; in Brazil they just want to get fucked… and I haven’t got the energy for that!






What is your job discription at Elska?

I’m the editor and the chief photographer. We do take submissions from other photographers and artists, but it’s still at least 80% me.




How has that chanced your artistic practice?

The main drawback is that my artistic work is interrupted constantly by marketing, PR, sales, etc. It’s totally not what I want to be focused on, but if I’m not on top of things, I’m unable to concentrate on the art.





What makes a good photograph and a good model?

The same qualities are needed by both. You’ve got to be open, honest, and willing to build a rapport. If you’re a model who’s really closed off then the pictures will look sort of tight and awkward. And if you’re a photographer who’s closed off, you’ll miss the best shots and not be able to recognise which are the good shots anyway.


How is the magazine distributed and what incarnation do you see it take in the future?


The distribution is growing and developing all the day. Every day we’re talking with shops around the world, but the UK currently has the largest amount of copies of Elska on sale, followed by Australia and Germany. In the future, I’d obviously like to be in as many cities as possible, but moreso I’d like to build our subscription network because I see Elska as a real community thing, and I want a group of subscribers that can interract with each other, like a sort of family.


What is attractive to you in a man and what makes a good model for Elska?

Any kind of guy is attractive as far as I’m concerned, and I try to keep the guys varied yet still appropriate for the society I’m shooting. For example, for the first issue which was shot in Lviv, Ukraine, I don’t think I saw even one black guy the whole time, and maybe two Asians who were clearly on holiday. So the issue is basically full of white guys. It makes me worry a bit that people reading Elska will think I’m some racist, but the guys you see are just an honest representation of the city.

And anyone can be a good model. They just have to be willing to be photographed and published. After that, we need to have a little chat and try to build that rapport cos if we don’t gel, it’s not going to work. Frankly there are times when we get guys at the last minute, such as through Grindr, and we do the shoot before we’ve been able to get to know each other… but I’m learning that these shoots don’t tend to turn out too well.






Do you travel yourself to the different locations and who else works with you on the magazine?


Yes, as the main photographer I travel to all the places to shoot the guys. I also have an assistant, Andriy, who comes along as a photographic assistant. For the second issue, I’ve put him in charge of finding models as well, which he seems to enjoy, although he’s gone a bit overboard. So far he’s booked about 24 shoots in the course of one week. It’s going to be insane!


Which gay activists and front runners are your biggest inspiration?

My gay hero is anyone who has had the courage to be out and never apologizes for it.

What are you in love with and what does love mean to you?

This is too personal for me! I need a beer first and a one-on-one sort of chat!

Would you date a bisexual man?

I did date a bi-sexual man once, so the answer is yes. In the beginning I was a bit paranoid that he’d leave me once he found the right girl, just because that life would be easier, or perhaps so he could have kids in an easier way. But I realised being with him that there was no such preference, that I wasn’t a second choice or temporary choice.





What are manly attributes to you and qualities do you look for in a man?

I don’t have much patience for guys who over preen. When I worked as a flight attendant I was shocked at how many of my male colleagues pluck their eyebrows and wear make-up. Honestly, I don’t even like a guy to trim his pubes. I’m totally into natural… but at the same time I could absolutely fall for more “feminised” guy, if I can call him that, but I’m not going to say that I wouldn’t try to change him!

Is a gay marriage sustainable in your eyes and what does it take and how does it need to differ from the straight model?

It’s totally sustainable. I think the difference between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages is that gay people tend to have more experience not fitting into societal norms and thus feel less pressure to be normative. The fact that there are seemingly more open-relationships or polyamory in gay relationships is simply that we as gays haven’t felt the pressure to conform to a norm because there was no past generation of married gay men to conform to.





Does Elska engage with the theme of safe sex and what is your personal position on this issue?

We haven’t engaged with it yet but I’m sure it will happen. We ask our subjects to contribute autobiographical stories about themselves and it’s certainly possible that safe sex may be featured. Actually, Andriy was looking for HIV positive men to include for the next issue but I’m not sure how that’s gone or if they’re up for talking about it with us.
As for my own opinion, well, I don’t like wearing condoms, so the truth is that I make fucking an exclusive part of a long-term relationship when we’ve both had time to get tested and build trust. In a pinch, yes I will wear a condom, but honestly I’d rather just have a wank… or maybe someone can recommend a better condom brand for me!

We still sexualize gay man and present mostly youthful faces. Will Elska address issues of aging gracefully as a gay man and what are your thoughts as you age?

Absolutely, Andriy’s found a few older guys for the next issue and I’m super excited about that. But for me it’s important that every issue contains the full spectrum of ages, races, body types etc so that no one is fetishised. If you have a book full of large black guys, for example, then you make assumptions that it’s just for a certain type of guy. Elska is for everyone so we want to include everyone in it.



What is the oldest person you would date and how and with whom do you see yourself living let's say when you are your 70ties?

I can remember when I was 18 falling for a guy who was 29. That’s really the biggest age difference I’ve experienced and it didn’t bother me. And fortunately as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started fancying older guys too. I know it may sound fake if I say that I’d date anyone, but I would. Whether we hit it off or not is a different matter but I’m open to it.

What is the next city and its boys you will high light?

The next issue is shot in Berlin, Germany. There’s a big range of guys that Andriy’s found, not all ethnic German but all resident. It should be a good representation of the make-up of what is a rather diverse city.





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