By Rayna Hewitt
HAHA MAG: Where do you get the inspiration for your projects?
Gabriel Wickbold: I am a person who is influenced by the simplest things. I find that the main thing is to be sensitive enough to perceive these influences. All artists or people who work with art have to be researchers in the first place. A distinguished piece of work has to have synthesis, enough influence to represent a cultural moment. The sensuality makes peace with breaking moments. People breathe innovations all the time, and with paint they make a rethought sensuality.
When I started the Sexual Colors project, I started in a very curious way, wanting to reach a new plasticity. I find that the creation is in curiosity. We have to dare with the curiosity of bringing about a new result. Generally we are very tied to briefings and necessities of the customer, as speed and deadlines and sometimes lose the principle, which is to let the curiosity for new forms to carry through the same tasks.
HM: How much does Brazilian culture influence or drive your photosets (particularly the colors)?
GW: Brazil is a country of very strong sex appeal. People treat the body as a very valuable thing. This has a positive and a negative side. I find that we’re more healthy, but there are many people that suffer and we place our lives at risk for intangible objects of beauty. Brazil is a very colorful country, and our projection concerning the city is an organized mess, our aesthetic and chaos. We come from immigrants of many places. We’re very rooted in our day to day, so that if this work becomes global, it’ll try to translate these references.
HM: What do you think of when you shoot?
GW: When I shoot, I tend to focus my energies on sensitivity, in order to understand when I have a result. To imagine and compose an image through references is the easy part of the of the creative process. The difficult part is to have the sensitivity to discover something new during a session.
HM: If you could be any color of paint, what color would you be?
GW: I am very passionate for green. I find that it possesses very interesting nuances, and it translates slightly differently than blue. It seems to bring more personality.
HM: Do you dream in color? What do your dreams look like? (Is there paint everywhere?)
GW: I find that my dreams are more about nudity and sensuality. The colors come later.
HM: Your photos showcase a lot of movement and high energy. Is this a good indicator of your personal energy level from day to day?
GW: I try to channel the maximum energy during each photo essay. It’s very tiresome to do, and it take my time and concentration. Before an essay, many people ask me if I am quiet, or if I am sad, but in reality I am concentrating. At the moment of the essay an explosion of energy and conduction must always come out of the photographs. The model is in a fragile situation; exposed. We have the mission to create a new reality, trying to manipulate the perspective, but in an indirect form; not saying, “imagine that you are in such a place.” Thus, I find that you are underestimating the condition of the model; this manipulation has to be returned to the attitude, for the way that we construe energy in a set.
HM: What is a day in the life of Gabriel Wickbold like?
GW: I am the face of many ideas, and it makes me pretty anxious. Because of this, I don’t have a car – I walk and bike. I take photos in the studio almost every day. The days where I’m not photographing, I’m searching references, treating images, or having meetings with customers. I’ve practiced squash a lot – it’s an excellent sport for alleviating stress – and I still have time for my son and my wife. I’m twenty-six years old with many responsibilities, but I’ve capsized very well lately. (laugh)
HM: Is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet that you would like to?
GW: In 2011, I want to expand my work internationally, work more for Brazil, and use to my financial advantage this moment where the international media is being provided to me.
HM: Who are you, in five words?
GW: Creative, passionate, enthusiastic, entrepreneur, funny.
HM: What color do you think love and happiness are?
GW: I consider those two sentiments so complex that they can be translated into a huge mix of colors.