young love has us falling truly madly deeply
Gaze at the star crossed lovers from Danish photographer Karen Rosetzsky’s debut book.
They say the first love is the deepest, which is certainly the case for the star crossed lovers pictured in Karen Rosetzsky's debut photo book Young Love. Inspired by love's all-consuming ability to change lives, her own having been transformed the day she met her husband 16 years ago, the Danish photographer set off on a three year adventure, crossing rivers and borders the world over from Paris to New Orleans, photographing the young lovers she encountered along the way.
The result is a raw and intimate portrayal of love and youth, crystalising that heart-wrenching emotion that many of the world's greatest artists, musicians, and poets, have been trying to capture for centuries. Here we catch up with the photographer to talk falling in love and the alluring appeal of youth.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your background?
I love to enjoy life with my friends and family. I spend a lot of my free time in nature but since we currently live in the city center of Amsterdam, it's a mix between city life and nature. I love to go for a great dinner in the city one day and drive to the beach with my family and relax the next. I grew up north of Copenhagen and moved to Holland 16 years ago when I met my husband, Dennis. We have a daughter and a son: Sally and Isaak, and together we travel a lot.
Have you always been interested in art?
Ever since I was a little girl I remember being fascinated by all kinds of photography. I didn't know I would end up doing fashion photography, but I've always really wanted to become a photographer. It just came naturally. My father also adores photography, thus the subject was never far away at home.
Who or what inspires you?
Life around me inspires me. I love people and all the emotions that come with life. I'm always trying to keep my photography as real as possible and really let the characters come through.
What's the story behind Young Love?
My husband and I always discuss our work and it was actually him who inspired me to start the Young Love project. I had been longing to do a non-commissioned and autonomous project for a while and after giving birth to our daughter, Sally, I finally had some time to think about it. The subject reminds me of the time when I had just met my husband.
What is it you're trying to convey about love?
I love that young and free feeling when you first fall in love and I wanted to capture precisely that. I travel a lot for my work, thus I took the opportunity to shoot a lot of the couples for the book around the world. Looking at young boys and girls from all over, one thing they all have in common is this beautiful and universal language of young love. Love really is the common thread that connects us all.
What does love mean to you?
I fell in love with my husband 16 years ago and it changed my life in a way I could never have imagined. Our love has grown stronger over the years and we are still a very good team together with our two kids, Sally and Isaak.
How has society's idealised notion of love impacted our generation?
Looking at the kids I shot for Young Love, we have not changed the way we love at all, and I'm not sure if we can even control the way we "love", as it seems such an ancient emotion one can't quite grasp how it works, let alone have it be influenced by movies, social media etc. Perhaps the way we fall in love has evolved a little from meeting someone in a bar to finding someone on a dating site. The simply magical glow in the lovers' eyes however has not changed.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I'm constantly looking to set new goals for myself at work and in my personal life. It's nice to look ahead and dream up new projects and as a freelance photographer it's important to stay true to your art and create un-commissioned work. My dream for the future is to keep doing what I'm doing now; working with inspiring and wonderful people, making great projects and live my life with my new little family!
Text Tish Weinstock
Photography Karen Rosetzsky