23. August 2019

Shooting time with Jorinde Gersina

Jorinde Gersina lives and works in Berlin. A photographer specializing in portraiture, she launched her career with fashion features, but achieved particular fame for her intense, poetic portraits of celebrities. Her images have been published in calendars and books, including “Sternenstaub” (Stardust), a volume of photos presenting Germany’s top actors in Hollywood style.

Jorinde is a tireless networker and a passionate and creative mind. She never takes a break; even when not officially working, she keeps her iPhone close at hand to record her inspirations. Flowers, views, landscapes, animals, people, situations… each new image helps her to find the perfect angle for a shoot, and to read between the lines.

We met her in Berlin at Tempelhofer Feld and captured her in her favorite Laurèl look.

Our project is about presenting women with personal “rough edges” or quirks; what are yours?
I’m chaotic and vulnerable, and sometimes quick-tempered. Sometimes I annoy people by photographing everything I see.

What’s your personal passion?
I love creativity and creating in all their many facets, spanning cooking and interior design as well as in fashion. Head and heart. It’s the mixture that I love the most.

What makes your heart beat faster?
Seeing my loved ones happy when everything goes right. My dearest. Those little moments of happiness that sometimes simply sweep over you.

What makes you laugh?
Anything can make me laugh! A funny situation, a dog twisting itself into an involuntary yoga position, something that’s perfectly imperfect, a dragonfly with a stinger that makes it look like a bold warrior, laughing at life with my daughters and friends…

What can’t you live without?
I’d die without love. I think we probably all would.

How did you become what you are today?
My most dominant influences were the many changes of place and new beginnings that I experienced in life. They automatically instill curiosity and creativity; they force me to permanently reinvent myself.

The White Cube strips back what is inside it to the bone, and creates an environment of space. How did you feel when you were in the White Cube?
In the White Cube, I had a brief feeling of being “out of time.” Warm, enveloping light and a delightful photographer – I felt safe, protected and soft.

From your photographer’s viewpoint, what fascinates you about people? What do you find most interesting?
I enjoy photographing people most of all. I’m interested in their nature, their soul, in what’s suddenly exposed when you let them goof around. And then at other times everything is very calm and serious. Something different and magical is revealed depending on the feel of the encounter.

What do you see when you read between the lines? How do you recognize something special?
All I do is listen very closely, which lets me feel and see who I have in front of me. Special things are everywhere; you just have to look carefully. I can see hundreds of special things right now when I look around. Take them up one by one, gaze at them closely and enjoy the process. A single fold or wrinkle could be special; any surface, any shape, any shine, any color could be special.

Where do you find new ideas?
I find that ideas come and go with me. Sometimes they overwhelm me and I have to sort them out and put them in order; at other times everything is still and I have to seek them out.

What does Berlin mean to you? What do you associate with the city?
Berlin is a wonderfully wild and colorful city that provides me with everything I need. I love its magnificence, its abundance, its tolerance, but often, too, its sadness and seriousness. Berlin offers the chance to do a thousand things, but never imposes an obligation to do them. Every day is packed with markets, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, theatre, friends, strangers… But you can also simply sit at home and let everything pass by outside. It gives me a good feeling that anything is possible.

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is universal; it shows itself on the outside and the inside. It makes me happy.