“Creativity must be worked for”

Raphael Erhart. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

Student portrait Raphael Erhart

Art & Media student Raphael Erhart’s interest is everyday details. He draws the creativity he needs for his artistic work from the new and the unknown.  

BY GIULIA ADAGAZZA
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Giulia Adagazza: Why did you decide to study Art & Media?
Raphael Erhart: First and foremost, my interest in photography led me to ZHdK. My connection with photography arose while I was snowboarding in the moutains. I was able to teach myself some of the technique. Meanwhile I don’t see myself primarily as a photographer, but as an artist who uses photography as a medium. I can well imagine expressing myself through other media in the future.

What inspires you?
The American painter Chuck Close once said, “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.” I think this is a nice quote because it shows that you have to develop your own creativity. Thanks to intense engagement with different themes, discovering unknown places and exchanging ideas with new people, things that weren’t important to me before now inspire me.

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