Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality.
— Andrei Tarkovsky
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S&F: What inspired you to participate in this project for “Still Here” issue of Spirit and Flesh Magazine and where did you draw the idea from for the shoot?

FM:  I thought of the notion of time and stretching time and Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice. The opening scene is the longest take Tarkovsky ever did. In the film an announcement is made declaring an impeding world catastrophe. After this point the family waits and the feeling of time stretching is immense. My favorite cinematographer, Sven Nyqvist, is the eye of this film and it is set on the island of Gotland/Fårö, my childhood paradise, a very barren landscape. I love the beautiful, simple setting of this film and the mood that it invokes.

Full interview with Florence Montmare by Spirit and Flesh Magazine

S&F: How did you set the stage, so to speak, at the photo studio?

FM: I shot at a storefront in Harlem that was designed as a house, the place was so intriguing — a bedroom with dreams coming down from the ceiling, a sitting room, a kitchen and even a garden in the back out of astro turf. It felt as though we were playing house, like an artificial family...