NICOLA REHBEIN

I know a lot of people aren't very fond of my work. They think it's too weird and that I make my models look displaced and ugly. Exactly that is what drives me to carry on pushing boundaries, that's where I get my power to keep going. What might be aesthetically pleasing to one person, might be utterly disgusting in another persons' eyes.

I must honestly say I haven't always had that confidence, it's something that builds up over time; the time it also takes for a person to find their ever evolving style. I personally think though, that I have kind of come to a point where I have found myself photographically and I have a clear vision of what I'm doing and where I want to go.

 

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Men are beautiful and so are women. For some reason though I just find it easier to work with women. I find femininity is a perfect juxtaposition sometimes for the clothing and general style that goes along with my photos.

What you see on my social media accounts is usually my private work. I work as a commercial photographer as well, where I tend to work with a lot of men, but they don't give me the same kind of visual satisfaction.

I'm lucky enough that my girlfriend, Masha, is a stylist and designer. She takes care of 99% of the styling from my shoots. We live together, we work together, and love each other. It definitely creates a special bond that can be seen in the work I do. She always knows exactly what I want in my photographs and does her best to style them that way, even though I'm probably the worst person on Earth to work with when it comes expressing my ideas.

 

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Communication and being social is very important. I mostly tend to be lucky when it comes to the people I work with. They know my work and they know what they're getting themselves into. I always tell my subjects to trust me. Sometimes they don't really know what's happening and are kinda unsure about the situation, but in my head I've got the finished photo which they can't see. Honestly though, sometimes I struggle to express what I really see in my head though. I try to build up a connection between myself and the subject to ease up the situation so it feels more natural.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: The daily challenge of creating something new. It takes a lot of energy and motivation to work artistically every day, but on the other hand it gives me the freedom I want and need in life.

 

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I indeed am [optimistic about the future]. The amount of things that have changed for me in the past six months are crazy. I wake up every day not knowing what will be happening tomorrow. I've been getting major jobs and doing things I've always wanted to do. If you would've asked me two years ago what I would be doing now, I wouldn't even have dreamt of it. It all feels so surreal.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Stupidity.

 
















01 // Michelle // michelleyxufiom
02 // Luna Lindemann // luna.marie
03 // Jule Wattenberg // julewtb
04 // Marla Singer // misssmokealotx
05 // Johanna // scoshannta
06 // Christiana A. // christiana_adomat
07 // Marla Singer // misssmokealotx
08 // Marisa Dos S. // marisa_dos_santos
09 // Katrin Lafeline // katrinlafeline
10 // Katrin
11 // Katrin Lafeline // katrinlafeline
12 // Michelle
13 // Kim L. Nguyen // kiimln
14 // Katrin Lafeline // katrinlafeline
15 // Monika Tapiador // monikatapiador
16 // Kim L. Nguyen // kiimln

 

Nicola Rehbein // nicolarehbein // nicolarehbein.com

 

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