Achtung Digital: Since the first issue of Achtung, we have looked to the east. We feel that should be done more often. What can the West learn from the East?
Levan Maisuradze: At the moment, mostly talking about Georgia, everything is developing. You can feel the freedom of experimenting around you. There is no structure, no rules or a right way to do something and all of this gives you a lot of freedom. In the West, everything looks natural, so perfect. And here, somehow, everything is spontaneous. Now our culture seems to be born again. We do everything intuitively. And this spirit probably expands the boundaries of creativity.
AD: Europe is actually politically and economically united. Nevertheless, a cultural divide between East and West is often noticeable. What is the biggest difference you notice when you travel from Eastern to Western Europe?
LM: Western Europe is about comfort. Here, in the East, we have chaos everywhere: in the architecture, the traffic, at work, in our lifestyle and in our conversations…
AD: What opportunities does your home country offer you in photography?
LM: I like how my home country looks. Our architecture seems very exotic and it has a special beauty and power in all of this chaos. I also like that it’s easy to organize shootings at abandoned places like the airport. Additionally, the light is amazing – we have really beautiful light here all year long.
AD: Is photography political?
LM: Well, I can only talk for myself. I think that it is all about creativity. But if a photo has one meaning today, it doesn’t mean that it is going to have the same meaning tomorrow. Anyway, I don’t see anything in my work in any political way at all.
AD: If you had not become a photographer, what would you be now?
LM: I think I would be a film director.