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Interview with Erica Carolin Vassbotn | GBPW Episode 140

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We have a habit of being with our phones all the time. It’s so natural, as natural as carrying your house keys. We don’t think about bringing our phones with us. Bringing a camera is a conscious choice.

Erica Carolin Vassbotn

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In this episode, I speak with Norwegian amateur photographer Erica Carolin Vassbotn. Erica often uses her smartphone camera to take beautiful photos of Norwegian landscapes and her daily life. She’s an art enthusiast who finds inspiration in illustrations and movies.

We talk about:

  • Creative block and how to stop overthinking your art
  • Who Erica would photograph if she could travel back in time
  • How discomfort can help you grow

& much more!

Erica Carolin Vassbotn was a pleasure to speak with! Her love for art is evident in her work. If you’re looking for a relatable discussion about photography, this episode is perfect for you.

Here is a preview of our conversation with Erica Carolin Vassbotn.

Q: What advice would you give to people who overthink the creative process?

Erica Carolin Vassbotn: Create like you did when you were 14 and didn’t care about anything. Remember the creativity you felt when you just drew for hours and other people’s opinion didn’t matter. Be brave. If it feels intimidating, uncommon, and uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right.

Q: If you could time travel and take photographs of any person or any event, what would you photograph and why?

Erica Carolin Vassbotn: Something that really inspires me is pictures of my favourite artists back in the day. I’m a big fan of a Finnish illustrator who made the Moomin characters. Her name is Tove Jansson. I love seeing pictures of her as a young woman, what she was like and what her room looked like.

I think I would go back in time and be a fly on the wall of my favourite artists. What did their bookshelves look like? What kind of wardrobes did they have? Where did they buy their clothes? Things like that. I’m so curious about how my favourite artists lived.

Q: What is the definition of good art, in your opinion?

Erica Carolin Vassbotn: For me, good art is something that moves me in a way that’s unexpected. Good art, for me, is also something that’s interesting, something I haven’t really seen before.

The majority of art that’s been presented and that’s famous is also very male-dominated. In my feminist brain, I’m so intrigued by art from forgotten artists. Very famous male artists had sisters that had the same training and skills as them.

I think a lot of famous male artists have stolen from women in their lives. This is a fact. I know it’s controversial to say that every male artist has stolen from someone. They’ve been inspired, at least.

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