silenttapes is a collection of photographs composed of two individual perspectives of life merged together. The original concept came about when we decided to start a Tumblr as combination of our photos. This was because we actually both took most of the photos together anyway. They are both of ours. We were both there at the same place and time, both involved in the creative discussion, and both edited them. They are all our story, together.
Since an early age, we’ve both always had a keen interest in photography. Study and travel really influenced that, and within the last couple of years we have tried documenting glimpses of real and raw life in some of the most rural areas of the world. Mostly, we are inspired by a mood or feeling of a particular place or subject. There has to be something genuine happening, and usually it’s something unplanned and spontaneous.
We generally prefer never to shoot anything that is posed for, with the exception of some experimental portraits we take of ourselves at times. It helps in staying creative and connected. Our favorite thing to do is getting lost for hours together, photographing unknown, and sometimes uninviting, back streets and alleyways. Any moment that feels unsafe or uncomfortable shooting is a photo worth taking, and that’s always what we’re looking for. Currently, we are working on a concept for our first book, as well as exploring other formats with video. We hope to compile enough footage to create a short film as part of the silenttapes project. We plan on continuing our travels and exploring as much of the world possible. We have yet to discover many corners and want to be able to document all of it. In our work, our motivations are to share something you can truly feel; to transfer a feeling of honesty you don’t find in everyday life at any given moment. A photo should speak for itself, and it should move you. Hence the name “silenttapes”.