To photographer and filmmaker, Raf Fellner, everything is marginally interesting. Fellner uses imagery to tap into his periphery. He finds pleasure in capturing moments of varying significance as a memento of what he has seen, lived, or more so, taken for granted. In fear of one day forgetting, his projects are often personal, including a zine about his dog, a film about his mum, a magazine spread on his beloved Chelsea Football Club, and an investigative project around Brexit. Fascinated by the fine line that separates humour and darkness, Fellner’s imagery is often about documenting vulnerability under the guise of satire.
How do you approach making work? Is there anything in particular you look for?
“I’m interested in connectivity, the positive and negative effects of social media, the media in general, and how these can relate to global politics or family systems. I like to think about this big stuff as a story, then incorporate these things into photographs, identifying where tensions between objects, people, places, or things fall to make open-ended pictures which aim to make people think.”
What inspires you?
“When I feel happy, I take lots of photos. I’m interested in everything, and I’m inspired by everything around me. Especially by things that are close to me, like my younger brother, my friends, my mum, my dog, and the internet, too.”
Who are your influences?
“Some more photographers I really like are Txema Salvans, Jeff Mermelstein, Max Pinckers, Mitch Epstein, Stephen Gill and Nick Waplington.”
Do or Be?
“The answer to do or be is really hard. I don’t know!? Do?”