Christine Lorenzen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Christine Lorenzen is a 22  year old photographer from Copenhagen, Denmark.

This project is called “7 years”.  She started the project when she was 15 years old, without it initially actually being a project.

She took pictures of her first boyfriend, and her friends. So now, 7 years later she is still photographing the same friends, new friends and boyfriend. The project is a visual diary, a portrayal of feelings through her friends.

Its a personal, intimate project exploring the relationships she has with her friends, and there emotions throughout time.

Tell us a little about your work an the projects you undertake?

My project is called “7 years”. The title is the amount of time/years the photographs have been taken. From when I was 15 years old until now, when I am 22 years old and how I have followed the same people for 7 years.

It started out as an coincidence, I got my first camera when I was 15 years old, and at the same time I also got my first boyfriend, so I started photograph him and everything we where doing.

While exploring our sexuality together,  I just found it all interesting, so I documented our love for my own sake, I had no idea at the time that it would ever be something people would like to see or that there would ever be an exhibition of this work because I was so young.

Slowly I began to photograph all my friends, emotionally, when it was just honest and without filter.

What is your favorite subject to photograph?

My favorite subject to photograph is definitely my friends and boyfriend. I have a connection with them that is stronger than any other kind of emotional bond, that you hopefully can see through my photographs.

Black and white photos or coloured photos? Why?

For me and my photographs, definitely black and white. The colours would disturb too much I think in my work.

The main focus in my photographs are not the colours but the people and the intimate situations in the rooms their set in.

If you weren’t taking photos what word you be doing?

If I weren’t taking photos I would probably paint or write. Words can really inspire me to create a visual picture.

What makes a good photo?

A good photo for me is strong, I am drawn to it and it puts my mind to work. An a important factor is that I remember the photo and I get an emotional reaction when I see it.

When did you know this was something you wanted to pursue?

When I was around 17 years old, at the time I had been creating images for two years, I found out that this was really something that made a glow inside me. Creating visual pictures was something I would like to do with my life. I see everything I photographs and I have this tangled brain that only thinks about creating images.

It is still the number 1 thing I am most passionate about and hope that I do this for a living.

What was your big break? or coolest thing you’ve done?

When I was 19 years old I got offered my first and only solo exhibition, that was huge for me, and it still is. It was so crazy for me that there where so many people I didn’t even know as well as journalists from magazines, all coming to the opening night.

It turned out to be a good night and a very good party. It is a very special memory to me.

Where can we find you online?

Instagram: @christinelorenzenn