A bigger piece of sky out there | 更寬廣的一片天

Lynn Theisen – Heading South-East

Born and raised in Rumelange, Luxembourg, Lynn Theisen’s family was not connected to any artistic roots, yet her only interest since childhood has been photography. Starting to take photos of other people in secondary school, Lynn started to realise her career path.

After graduation from high school, Lynn left her small but cosy home country for Berlin to study photography at the Berlin Technical Art School. She said it was a precious experience to her as she met a lot of inspiring creators.

“Berlin is THE creative spot in Europe and a lot of creative people are trying to set their foot in the industry here. It is the right size that you can live quiet but also be in the city very quickly. It is the perfect start for building a base and finding collaboration. I learnt a lot there,” explained Lynn.

Other than studying in another country, Lynn’s mother is a Thai hence she always has chances to travel to Thailand. She has realised the differences towards creativity in both continents. While Luxembourg is more conservative, Thailand is keen to take on new creative challenges and accept collaborations with other creative branches.

Lynn Theisen –
Theresa @ Modelfabrik in Plain Farm for Fashion Shift Magazine

“In Luxembourg everything is more temperate and they rather focus on a commercial photo style than on a more creative look. The city is in sort of a transition now and I think there will be more positive change in the future.”

When it comes to photography, Lynn’s parents are super supportive as long as she is happy. For her, photography is her one and only passion and she is never distracted to do anything else.

Lynn has worked on various projects including personal and commercial projects. Rather than complaining on the restriction given by clients, she said working on commercial projects is more convenient.

“I don’t have to choose the team and only come to set and do the photographic job. It’s also nice to get in touch with a brand and see how they evolve under your work.”

Fashion photography is the perfect mix of commerce and creativity and also gives a lot of creative freedom, according to Lynn. She said it is essential to give decisive instruction and direction and know when to stop a session. Photo shooting is teamwork and one has to trust the team for good photos.

Lynn Theisen – Heading South-East

In her favourite project, Heading South-East, she went to Thailand and worked with a Thai team including makeup artists, stylists and fashion students. The models selection is always atypical – there are both models who fit and don’t fit into the beauty standard.

“This was my first big project and there was a lot of preparation before heading to Thailand. I learnt how to shoot on busy streets, in the rain and super hot climate. There were a lot of lessons learnt for me,” said Lynn.

After her bachelor thesis project, Lynn then started to take up her career as a photographer and worked with a lot of big names such as McDonald’s, Leica and JACKS Beauty Department. She has shared her most important experience.

“You need to know the rules in order to break them; know your basics before you start experimenting. It’s always good to have some preparation then make space for spontaneity and let the moment take over.”

For Lynn, there are lots of dream projects awaiting, such as shooting a cover for Vogue Magazine or even owning a magazine. But in the long-run, she is more relaxed. “I guess travelling as much as possible would be the top goal in my career. I only want to be successful and recognised in what I do as a photographer and keep on doing what I do without being too much of a burnout workaholic.”

 

Lynn Theisen – Veronika @ Iconic Mangement for Institute Magazine

在盧森堡的呂姆朗日區出生和長大的Lynn的家庭沒有任何藝術背景,但她從小的興趣卻只有攝影。自從中學開始為別人拍照開始,Lynn慢慢的感受到自己這輩子只想以攝影為業。

高中畢業後之後,Lynn離開了溫暖的家鄉並赴德國柏林學習攝影。她說那是一次珍貴的經驗,讓她得以認識很多具啟發性的創創作者。

Lynn說:「柏林在歐洲的創意業界劇中輕重,很多從事創意行業的人都想在柏林立足。作為一個城市,你可以在安靜的生活的同時又輕易到達市中心。以這城市為事業的起步或者尋找機會真是再好不過。」

除了在別的國家學習以外,Lynn的泰裔母親給了她很多機會去泰國旅遊。她發現不同地方有不同的創意文化:例如盧森堡在創意方面相對保守;泰國則比較開放,容易接受新事物或跨行業創作。

「在盧森堡所有東西都不慍不火的,拍攝的時候也會寧願選擇比較商業的風格多於創新。但我認為這個城市正在進化當中,我很期待有更多的正面轉變。」

對於Lynn選擇攝影,父母非常支持。對Lynn來說,攝影是她唯一的嗜好和興趣 – 也之所以,她一開始就知道攝影將會成為她的職業。

Lynn Theisen – Ning Narawadee for Designer Chai Gold Label

Lynn曾負責和參與的項目無數,當中不乏私人或企業的企劃。相對於埋怨企業計劃的諸多掣肘,她認為那其實更加方便。

「我不需要選擇團隊的成員,只需負責拍攝。看著一個品牌因為自己的作品而進步和改變令人十分滿足。」

時尚攝影可謂創意和商業的最佳配搭,Lynn認為當中有不少創作的自由。在拍攝當中,如何給予清晰指令、方向和停止攝影非常重要。拍攝是團體工作,團隊當中必須互相信任才能拍出好的作品。

Lynn最喜歡的項目Heading South-East在泰國拍攝,團隊均為泰國人,包括化妝師、造型師和就讀時尚專業的學生,模特兒的挑選更是破格,符合與不符合審美標準的都囊括了。

Lynn Theisen – Heading South-East

「這是我第一個大型項目,在前往泰國之前有非常多的準備功夫。我學習了怎樣在繁忙的街頭、雨天或高溫情況下拍攝,實在是獲益良多。」

完成了這個學士畢業項目,Lynn便順理成章的成為職業攝影師,現在已經跟不少品牌合作,如麥當勞,徠卡和JACKS Beauty Department。她分享了最重要的經驗:

「要打破傳統,你必須知道所有規矩;在實驗之前要扎穩基本功。做好準備然後基於自己空間自由發揮;讓拍攝的瞬間帶著自己走。」

Lynn夢想可以為知名時尚雜誌VOGUE拍攝封面,或是自己創辦一本雜誌。至於長期目標,她則比較輕鬆:「我想到處旅遊並不斷進步自己的技術,我想成功並在自己擅長的領域裡面被認同;在不斷進步的同時,我也不想把自己逼的太緊。」

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