LISTEN TO HIS STORY:
“Telling stories through film and photography makes people stop and think.”
“It's hard to photograph climate change. When you're on the ice, one can't see the difference because it's all white.”
“Over the years, I won many awards and it's always a good feeling but I always feel a bit shy about it. Sometimes I just want to be like a fly on the wall - nobody should know who I am.”
“I go for a swim in the ocean every day, no matter how cold it is. You get addicted to it.”
SELECTION OF RAX'S WORK:
What role does money play in all this?
I never thought about getting rich. I just followed what I believed was the right thing to do. I could have gone into color photography, but that wasn't really my style.
How would you describe the importance of art these days?
I'm honest and I do care for our planet, which is something everybody should do actually. Telling stories through film and photography makes people stop and think.
How do you feel about your reputation and other peoples opinions?
I never talked about myself being an artist because I grew up, being insulted that photography is not an art form. So I decided a long time ago to not care about other peoples opinions. If I had, I would have given up a long time ago.
How do you see yourself?
I always feel I haven’t done enough, actually. I always have to run faster and do better. That is my drive. During my exhibitions I'm usually hiding in a corner, nobody knows who I am because it is not about me, it is about the things that I feel that matter. Before my work got some recognition, nobody knew what I was doing. I didn't say a word about what I was working on for years actually.
If you have a dream, don't let anybody tell you, “You're doing something wrong”. Follow your heart. I was in such a huge fight with a lot of people and myself, but I never gave up. I won many awards and it has been always a good feeling but I also feel a bit shy about it. Sometimes I just want to be like a fly on the wall.
Your work focuses on climate change by portraying the Arctic communities. Why and what did you notice?
It's hard to photograph climate change. When you're on the ice you can't see the difference because it's all white. But the ice is getting thinner and thinner, sometimes so thin, you can't put a monkey on it. That's the truth.
Weather in the Arctic regions might change a lot. We might have much more rain in the summers. It warms up. It's not gonna be sunny. It's not going to be like Spain. People say: "Oh this is great for us, it's gonna get warmer“, but warmer means it's gonna rain.
I was in Greenland 20 years ago, when the fjords were completely frozen. Back then, the Arctic communities had many hunters. Now they are declining and getting fewer and fewer. Old traditions are fading away and smaller communities are moving to bigger settlements. They feel their time is nearly over.
What makes you feel proud?
The stubbornness of never giving up when the wind was blowing against me. That is something I am really proud of. Greenland and its extreme cold conditions are always super challenging to me. Quite torturing actually. Sometimes I promised myself to never go back but it's like a magnet it drags me back all the time.
Anything you do every day?
I go for a swim in the ocean every day, no matter how cold it is. You get addicted to it. You have to go and you feel like Superman, afterward.
EVERYDAY. About this project
How you spend your everyday is actually how you spend your life. Therefore, creating an everyday you truly care about may be the most important thing in life.
EVERYDAY. is an ongoing project by Cinematographer Cedric Schanze, portraying people and what they care about.
Why do people do what they do?
And what does it take?
May these stories help you to get a different perspective and spark inspiration to follow the things you believe in.