Oswald Wittower's destroyed beauty

"I basically take the photography (those ones go from 2010 to 2019) with whatever camera I have (in those ones, some were even taken with disposable cameras). I have a first result but this is not – I think - the most interesting part of the story. Then I print the picture out and I work on it by hand with different kind of liquids, chemicals, perfumes, lighter, knife, cutter, wet ink from a previous picture, spices ( !)…

Depending on the paper and the ink that is used (some cheap printer ink’s completely mess up the colors), it will give different results. It’s a very exciting mix between complete hazard and big precision. The more I’ve been doing it, the more I could see how to get the result I was aiming for. Then I scan the picture and work on it with Lightroom. Sometimes, the original deteriorated/scanned picture doesn’t look at all and can become something amazing, sometimes it is quite the opposite."


See more of Oswald's work on instagram at @Oswaldwittower















A/A:  How did you get your start in photography?


OW: I have always been highly responsive to the idea of images, but I really decided to take it to another level 10 years ago. I just started to ask some friends to let me take pictures of them. Retrospectively, they were awful, but it made me start to do that more seriously and to experiment as many ways there can be.


A/A:  What attracted you to alternative methods?


OW: What we do find beautiful is a complex qu