Talking Art is a quick artist interview. We ask Christoph Martin Schmid 5 questions to help you get to know him and his art. Please contact the artist directly regarding their work.
Let our readers know who you are, where you are from and what kind of art you create?
My name is Christoph Martin Schmid and I am a german photographer, currently dividing my time between New York, Los Angeles and Berlin. I specialize in conceptual storytelling and I am fascinated by human nature in all it’s comic absurdity. My main weapons are humor and precision. Only the exactitude in the staging of a scene, the shaping of the characters and the careful choice and setup of the background assures that the message intended can be universally perceived.
What is your favourite piece of art that you have done?
There is not one particular piece I value most, but I quite like this image named ‚Guilt’ from the series‚ Trouble In Paradise’ as it allures the observer through its idyllic imagery, captures his interest but only to turn him into a witness of human hypochrisy.
Show & Tell us about your workspace and the tools you use. (brushes, charcoal, steel, lasers?)
In my work process I stage and photograph individual elements of the later image sometimes at different times and locations. I do, however, take great care in maintaining an absolutely photographic look while bringing the image to life in post production.
What are you working on right now?
This is a picture of the recently completed series SCREAM!! ’This series of images describes people cracking under the pressure induced by their desire to experience a perfect life.
What is your favourite piece of art from another artist?
Gregory Crewdson‚ Beneath The Roses’