Monday, 9 October, 2017

An interview without words


Cornelia, photographer Axel Martens and his assistant Moritz Marzi at the photo shoot (Photo: Michael Orth)

The magazine supplement of the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" has a weekly interview format which is called "Sagen Sie jetzt nichts" ("Don't Say Anything Now").

For the award-winning feature, the newspaper asks questions and the interviewees have to act out their answers by gestures and facial expressions for the camera.

Many well-known actors, writers, musicians, athletes, even Kermit the Frog have participated in the wordless interviews. In September, it was Cornelia's turn. At the German Wahnsinn recording studio in Hamburg, she let her imagination run wild in front of the camera.

First test shots (Photo: Michael Orth)

Guess what photographer Axel Martens and his assistant Moritz Marzi asked Cornelia.

You will find their questions further below.

Photo: Michael Orth

Haw-haw, what a funny "answer". But what was the question?

Photo: Michael Orth

Is Cornelia reaching for the stars or simply doing yoga?

Photo: Michael Orth

Cornelia framed, and expressing what?

Photo: Michael Orth

What do you think was this about?

Photo: Michael Orth

What does Cornelia imagine holding between her hands?

Photo: Michael Orth

Press relations officer Donate Altenburger turned into a prop to help out with some gestures.

Photographer Axel Martens and Cornelia after the photo shoot (Photo: Michael Orth)

Cornelia enjoyed the offbeat photo shoot. And so did the photographer

At the end of the shooting we turned the tables and asked the photo team:
"What was it like to do the "Don't Say Anything Now" interview with Cornelia?"

Photographer Axel Martens (Photo: Michael Orth)

Assistant Moritz Marzi (Photo: Michael Orth)


And these are the questions, Cornelia had to answer without words:

1. How are the C.H.I.X?

2. You feel closer to children than to adults. What height would you prefer?

3. What would be your reaction, if a portrait of you would be printed on the covers of your books?

4. What is your wild character trait, no one knows about?

5. What does the world need most right now?

6. What are you afraid of?

Photos: michael-orth.de


The Curious Bookworm on 3 July, 2020

That looks really fun and cool I could make up a game like that to play with my brother!

Grace on 25 October, 2018