‘Finding the extraordinary within the trivial things‘ could to be the message of Alexander Sporre’s work. The Dutch photographer provides a wide spectrum of photos from portrait over street photography all the way to weddings. This variety and his ability to capture the right moment made us offer his work at Hutspot Van Woustraat. We sat down with him for an interview to talk about his work, motivation and his connection to Alan Watts philosophy, which he also integrated into one of his series.
Hi Alexander, could you tell us little bit about yourself. How did you become an artist?
That’s a difficult question to start with. First of all, I don’t really see myself as an artist, but more as somebody who does what feels right. For me, the camera in my hand is more a natural medium to communicate with other people and the world around me. I think it’s more closely related to discovery and understanding than having the feeling of being an artists. Secondly, I started photography only four years ago, before that I studied business, and maybe that also plays a part. However, I think that studying something other than photography can be of great value. Everyone can learn how and when to press the button, but knowing what to photograph is equally – maybe even more – important.
Do you remember the first time someone wanted to buy one of your pictures?
To be fully honest, this is the first time I’m selling products so I’m quite new to that. I think that it’s also closely related to my first answer. I have however worked on assignments based a lot in terms of photography. And to be able to make people happy while doing the thing you love is a great feeling.
What have been the up- and downsides of becoming an entrepreneur?
I used to have a side job next to my photography. As I studied business, I was working for a company in Amsterdam. That allowed me to do my photography in the way I wanted. The feeling of not having to sell or do assignments, which are less fun, was a very relaxing position to be in. But now I quit that job to fully focus on my passion and I hope I can support myself with that.
What are you most proud of ?
I’m most proud of the fact that I’m developing as a person and feeling that this is happening rather naturally at the very same time.
If you could work together with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
There are a lot of great examples of photographers in the contemporary age and in history. I’m not sure everybody would be a pleasure to work with, but enough can be learned from them. I must say that the internet and YouTube can be great sources of knowledge, you might not physically work with them, but at least can have a sense of how it would have been. I can’t name a person right now, but if I have to choose somebody to work with to improve my work as a photographer, I’d always choose somebody from another discipline. People in a different line of ‘business’ can often make a very worthwhile contribution to your own development. In such case you can discover that salt and chocolate actually is a good combination whereas one might not think that by hearing it for the first time.
What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs or artists?
Words from Alan Watts have inspired me: “What would you do if money were no object? Then, do just that. When you have specific interest in something, there are always people who are interested as well. When you are a master in the thing you like doing, there is always a market for it. Actually, the only way to become a master in something is to actually do something you love.”
I think there is some great practical advices in these sentences.
You can find the beautiful photographs of Alexander Sporre at our van Woustraat location and make sure to follow him on Instagram.