1 July 2016

Raw, Emotive and Perhaps a Little Wack

Tré Koch and Abdullah Elmaz are the Australian pair who form photography duo Tré & Elmaz. Sharing their time between their motherland of Sydney as well as Paris and London – where I met the pair at a Hunger party last summer – they're the living embodiment of the "two heads are better than one" saying. Bouncing off of each other's ideas for narratives and taking turns with shooting is complemented by the specific focus of casting and organising the team for one and editing for the other. The duo spoke to me about the creative liberty of independent publications, their otherworldly Instagram account and who's at the top of their dream subject list for a shoot.

Do you recall the first photograph that had a lasting impact on you?
Can't say we do. There are many photos that have impacted us over time. But the first is definitely unknown. 

How does the partnership work with capturing images, do you each have separate roles in the process?
How we work is this - both come up with the idea of what we want to shoot. Tré will then be in charge of getting the team together. both of us shoot on the day sharing a film and digital camera, and then Elmaz is in charge of editing. It's a beautiful thing.

How would you describe the aesthetic of your work?
Raw and emotive

You’ve worked with i-D, Hunger, Metal Magazine, Hope St. and Hong Kong among others; the assumption would be that independent publications allow more creative liberty, have you found this to be the case? 
We feel so. Our ideas have been embraced by those publications in the past, but we are open to all opportunities in the future.

Is there any conscious difference to your approach when shooting specifically for digital or for print?
Not at all. Both need the same amount of attention and focus.

Is there a particular shoot of yours that stands out for you as a favourite?
We both really love the shoot we did in Richmond Park, London for Hunger. That was a turning point in our career where we really found ourselves creatively and our work has evolved ever since. 

Your Instagram account challenges the constraints of a simple square to create multi-imaged images. Where did the idea for this come from?
We wanted to do something different, eye-catching and perhaps a little wack. Having said that we have stopped using the collage style images as we want our images to be seen in the original form they were shot in. So we have gone back to the standard style of posting which has also been successful.

Do you think that having this well-curated platform has increased your exposure to potential clients and made them more aware of your work? 
Instagram has definitely helped clients, magazines and other creatives see our work. It's one of the best tools for self-promotion we have in this world today.

Who would be your dream subject to photograph?
Daphne Groeneveld & Lily-rose Depp

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you’re working on at the moment?
Currently, we are editing some editorial work that we shot in Sydney, Australia a week ago. As well as a side project that is yet to be revealed.