For those not to familiar with you and your work - Who is Michael Danischewski?
I've been a photographer for a while, the story goes I got in trouble around the age of 3 for opening my fathers camera before he finished the roll. He thought he would teach me a lesson by hanging up the exposed film in my room in an effort toconvince me not to play with his camera. Safe to say that didn't work. I've been snapping since my late high school years and haven't stopped. I've shot all sorts of work from magazine editorials to commercial projects but prefer to currently focus my energies on more artistic practices and putting together exhibitions and book projects.
What is your current camera setup?
A Contax T3 that was traded for a print from my first group show and a Mamiya 7 I bought to produce my most recent work.
What country did you shoot your exhibiting images? What lead you to wanting to travel there?
I travelled all through Europe last year but I wanted to focus on trekking through Morocco. I spent close to a month there exploring and photographing what resonated with me. I went there because I knew little about it. I wanted to learn more and I wanted to distance myself from the familiar to concentrate on creating a body of work on colour. All the photos were reactionary, single frames no double takes. If i felt it I photographed it.
Some people say that Travel grows people's perspective on life, was that true for you this trip? If so what did you bring back to Australia?
Travel especially for a photographer is extremely powerful. The chance to explore new terrains and be apart of communities you know little about can be a great eye opener. You start to realise that the only difference between people is distance and upbringings. the same social and emotional needs remain constant between people all over the globe, travel helps make you aware of this. It taught me to be more understanding and patient, everyone has a story worth telling but most people aren't willing to listen. I feel we've become quite self obsessed as a culture and are making social medias more about personal platforms for promotion than their intended nature. It's nice sometimes to get rid of all the noise and just resonate on what makes us the same.
Why did you select ‘Blue Sky Roam’ for the title of your upcoming body of work?
Once reviewing the work and starting to contextualise the project I began researching more of Morocco's rich past. The title of Blue sky roam came about in reference to the wide harsh open landscapes and the pilgrimages and migrations that have happened over time from North Africa to Europe within Morocco.
How long have you been working to put together this project?
Roughly a year, I'm a big believer of giving yourself time to marinate with a project and not to rush. Maybe it's a reaction to the instantaneous nature of the way information is presented currently but it works for me.
The works portray somewhat of a pictorial story, is there any words you would like to add to the works to give the audience context of what they are seeing?
The beauty of photography in my eyes is that it can be translated by the individual. They can make there own stories. It excites me to think people will view this body of work in a completely different context than I do. I would hate to ruin that for anybody
Are there any thank you or shout out messages you would like to give?
To RVCA, Bloom, Hillvale, Blacktone, Thirds and the True East for allowing me to present this project and to everyone who has purchased a book thus far.