At home with Jorinde Gersina


Who: Jorinde Gersina, Photographer
Where: Berlin

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Breakfast with Jorinde – on the magnificent balcony of her Berlin apartment

Whether Til Schweiger, Hannelore Elstner or Veronica Ferres: the Berlin photographer Jorinde Gersina had them all already in front of her lens. Yet the 1 meter 76 tall, attractive blonde originally wanted to be an actress. However one of 28 removals intervened the native Frankfurter: instead of moving to Berlin to go to an acting school, the former Waldorf school student moved to Barcelona. She then worked in Majorca, in Munich and Australia. For seven years, the mother of three adult children has become sedentary. I visit Jorinde in her lovely apartment in Berlin Kreuzberg. This is where the photo-autodidact lives on 115 square meters together with her husband, the painter and director Peter Gersina.

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Well placed mirrors effect real space miracles and double Jorinde Gersinas favorites, the chandeliers

MyStylery: You moved every three years on average. Wouldn’t it be time again to pack the crates again?
Jorinde Gersina: I love Berlin! Although the wanderlust still grips me often. During my childhood we had a holiday house in South France, which I miss a lot. The perfect world, the clarity and the feeling of being alive… I really miss that. Berlin really is a contrast.
MS: How did you get together, the camera and you?
JG: My father brought an old camera back home and we immediately tried it out. Photography quickly got an obsession, including an own darkroom in the home’s basement. Actually I wanted to study art after school in Hamburg. Then I found acting very exciting and went to Berlin, which was very grubby and had a great punk scene at that time. Suddenly I liked Barcelona even better. I learned Spanish, worked as translator and at the same time temped as a photographer.

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Jorinde Gersina photographed inter alia publisher Dr. Hubert Burda, barkeeper-legend Charles Schumann, the actresses and actors Katja Flint, Jasmin Great, Cosma Shiva Hagen and Christoph M. Ohrt. Today also agencies, publishers and magazines count to Jorindes clients, who still loves black and white pictures

MS: You already have two adult children and one cannot believe it, you’re also twofold grandmother…
JG (laughs): Today, my children are 28, 24 and 21 years old, the grandchildren are five and three. In Spain I got to know my husband in very young age and then got pregnant with our oldest daughter. I have always worked alongside, photographed fashion shows and then I specialized in portraits.
MS: Your photographs are characterized by extraordinary, atmospheric light…
JG: I try to photograph nearly everything with daylight. To find the perfect, magical light is my specialty.
MS: Mavie Hörbiger says about your pictures that she can see into her own soul by looking at them. What for a beautiful compliment…
JG: Right? An important photography-component is the intensive dispute with the counterpart. This takes some time and can’t be done whilst walking along. For each shooting I come up with special settings, like recently in Turkey, where I photographed a hotel and staged the employees. But this doesn’t automatically mean that the counterpart also joins in and participates. For a book about Europe I should have taken photographs of Theo Waigel.

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Lieblingsstücke in Petersburg hanging

MS: How come that so many actors often end up in front of your lens?
JG: I like to take pictures of actors because they are eager to try out new things and they have fun with it. Furthermore I know Til Schweiger or Maria Furtwängler for decades. This of course creates a complete different trust. And also another tonality. There I can also say things like: are you mad or pull yourself together. (laughs)
MS: Did you also experience encounters that haven’t been so harmonically?
JG: Yes, an actress once aborted the shooting. My at that time still little son came suddenly into the room, what bothered her so much that she packed her things and left.

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“I spotted the kudu at a flea market at Berlin Ostbahnhof. A family from the Bavarian Allgäu sold it and the grandfather shot it himself in Africa.”

MS: You accompanied Maria Furtwängler to India, who was on the run for the organization “German Doctors”.
JG: I was there seven times with her and the country fascinates me again and again. I love to read the faces of the people. Everyone has something beautiful inside. Even in the poorest places I could find something beautiful. That’s what I also experienced on a journey with Judith and Axel Milberg. They support orphanages in South Africa, which I escorted with my photography.

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How nice is this? View from the bed into the green

MS: Is there anything you wouldn’t take a picture of?
JG: Duckfaces! Can somebody please tell the girls how stupid it looks?
MS: Friends call you Princess Dollhouse…
JG (laughs): Yes, because my apartment is so much into detail. My home is my cocoon, which I constantly re-decorate. I brought a lot back from my travels. Those things all tell their own stories. For example I love the guard, which I once bought from an old lady in a street of Bangkok. I cling especially to the associated memories. BvH

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In addition to her deep passion for palms Jorinde also has a “bamboo quirk”: bamboo side table and a fitting frame

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Black and white floor and wall tiles ensure a wow-effect

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Refrigerator with quotes

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Jorinde in her homy kitchen …

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… with an adjoining balcony …

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… old cabinets with a porcelain collection …

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… and a custom-fit cuddle corner for the first morning coffee

Jorinde Gersina and her treasures

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Flea market finds

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Mirrors enlarge not only visually, they also create beautiful effects

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Travel memories beside family photos …

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… in the library. What a cozy retreat!

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Jorinde tinkered lamp stands out of old vases: drill out, cable in, done! Regards from the Waldorf School. The beautiful stoves are from 1899

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Jordine hides her treasures in the drawer cabinet in the living room

A motley mix – but clever!

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The turquoise guards in the center of the ancient secretary: so pretty!

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Jorinde Gersina has a penchant for chandeliers. The antique, Venetian luster can be traced back to the 19th century

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The curly frame is a present of the publisher Hubert Burda to Jorinde

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Green velvet chairs with disco ball: I call this an eclectic interior style …

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… including matching accessories

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Jorinde discovered the Art Nouveau fabric of the dining chairs at the flea market

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“I collect Cloisonné-vases already for a long time”, explains Jorinde. “They are out of Emaille and are from Japan and China.”

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Jorinde loves the antique cabinet in her dining room: “It comes from Tibet and the zodiac signs of all family members are displayed on it.”

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Palms on wallpapers – tufted by Jorindes daughter – and palms as lamp stand: “I love palms”, says Jorinde Gersina. “No matter where I am, I always have to take pictures of them. And I also like to have them in my apartment.”

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Always on the move: “I haven’t done an apprenticeship, I’m self-taught,” says Jorinde Gersina who inter alia collected experiences by assisting US photographer Mark Borthwick

Contact Jorinde Gersina

www. jorindegersina.com

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