Insight into the world of Holger Kilumets

“Metafísica” – stunning visuals for the COMET series

Holger Kilumets has created stunning still life photographs for various collections. The latest cooperation gave a short series called “Metafísica“ where the new COMET earrings with darker shades of tassels took the stage.

Still life driven by concept

Holger is known for creating a conceptual room using colour and geometry. The unique and contemporary visuals have also complemented the FRUITS OF PARADISE and HIPPO COUTURE series.

We offer our followers a chance to read about the photographer’s personal thoughts. Below you can find a published interview with Holger that was made for the anniversary book “Kingdom of Dreams”.

Making of “Metafisica”

Dreamy set designs and hand-made props.

Interview with Holger Kilumets by Tanel Veenre. EST / ENG

Holger tuli Eesti fotoareenile kui ilmutus ja tema pingestatud vaikeludel hakkasid hõljuma ka Taneli ehted.

When he appeared on the Estonian photo scene, Holger was like a revelation. Now Tanel’s jewellery has started hovering in Holger’s taut, charged still-lifes.

Sa oled Eesti visuaalkultuuri toonud oma pildikeele: viimseni pinges kompositsiooni ja täpselt timmitud värvidega metafüüsilise maailma. Kust saab see imeline maailm alguse?

Ma arvan, et see algab armastusest värvide ja vormide abstraktse maailma vastu. Keelele ja tähendustele eelnev seisund, mis on oma lihtsuse kaudu vabastav.

Kui palju jätad oma loomingus ruumi juhusele?

Väga harva tean täpselt, mis lõpptulemuseni pean välja jõudma. Ma olen protsessiusku ja parimad lahendused kooruvad tavaliselt töö käigus. Liigselt planeeritud pildid tulevad tavaliselt kuidagi hambutud, neis on kõik juba liiga paigas. Midagi peab jääma lahtiseks, et ka vaataja ise sisse mahuks. See tunne on tabatav kõige selgemalt tegemise käigus.

Mis vahe on asjade ja inimeste pildistamisel? Miks sinu eelistus on asjade maailm?

Elutute objektidega töötamine on mulle huvitav, sest need tuleb kuidagi tööle saada, muuta nad oma passiivsest olekust millekski laetuks ja elavaks. Foto on minu jaoks vahend mingite laiemate esteetiliste probleemidega tegelemiseks. Tunnen oma töös rohkem sarnasust näiteks skulptuuri või graafilise disainiga kui teiste fotograafiaharudega.

Palun kirjelda äsjast Taneli ehetega sündinud sarja (Metafisica). Mis on selle juures kõige olulisem?

Tahtsin luua ehete ümber ruumi, mis avaks neid veidike uues ja ootamatus kontekstis. Ehete värvidest inspireerituna kasutasin julgeid arhitektuurseid vorme viidetega Luis Barragáni loomingule.

Millest praegu unistad?

Unistan aeglasemaks muutuvast maailmast.

You’ve brought your visual idiom into Estonian visual culture: a metaphysical world with consummately taut composition and precisely titrated colours. How did this marvellous world begin?

I think it started with a love for the abstract world of colours and forms. The state that precedes language and meanings – it’s liberating through its simplicity.

In your work, how much space do you leave up to change?

It’s very rare for me to know exactly what final result I have to end up with. I am a big believer in process and the finest solutions usually unfold during the work. Pictures that are over-planned usually end up toothless, everything is too much in place in them. Something has to remain open, so that there is also room for the viewer. It’s a feeling that can be apprehended most clearly in the course of doing.

What’s the difference between photographing things and people? Why do you prefer a world of things?

Working with inanimate objects is interesting for me because I have to somehow get them to work, transform them from a passive state to something charged and living. Photography for me is a means for dealing with some broader aesthetic problems. I feel my work has more of a kinship with sculpture or graphic design than with other branches of photography.

If you could, describe the series that recently came about with Tanel’s jewellery (Metafisica): What is the most important part of it?

I wanted to create a space around the jewellery that would reveal them in a slightly new and unexpected context. Inspired by the colours of the jewellery, I used bold architectural forms with references to the work of Luis Barragán.

What do you dream about right now?
I dream of a winding down world.