Wallpaper* & Victorinox: Urban Outsiders
To mark its 130th anniversary, Victorinox and Wallpaper* introduce the Urban Outsiders: highly mobile, free-spirited, outdoor-working professionals. City-dwelling, but transplanted to the countryside whenever possible, they require essential kit to keep their multidisciplinary, all-terrain, all-weathers day moving forward. The Victorinox Urban Outsider doesn’t just live in the city. He lives the city
‘My work presents a dialogue between motion, time and space,’ says Shira Klasmer, a London-based artist and photographer. ‘I focus on the relationship between nature and urban landscape and our romantic inclinations for landscape images.’ Long, panoramic-style photographs are exhibited as one image, printed on one sheet of paper, around 20cm high and at times reaching lengths of 12m.
Wallpaper*: How much of your working day is spent outdoors?
Shira Klasmer: I am very much an outdoor person, though a lot of my working day is spent in my studio. My last video art project involved many cold evenings in the car park, photographing in pitch darkness.
W*: How do you travel to work?
SK: I love cycling as it gives me freedom from the constraints of the city’s system.
W*: What essentials do you carry when you travel?
SK: I like to take my favourite small camera and my wallet which has a treasured handwritten note with a travel blessing that I once received from a friend. My Victorinox Explorer Jacket is fantastic for everyday use as well as for when I am photographing outdoors in all-weather conditions. The Victorinox SwissTool Plus 1 is a brilliant tool to keep in my camera bag or on my desk. It’s great on photo shoots: cutting tape, tightening camera gear and so on. I throw everything into a Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On . The bag’s padded sections mean I can carry all my digital photographic equipment, as well as some clothing for short trips.
W*: Why do you live in London and what inspires you about the city?
SK: I moved here with my family when I was seven years old. I love London markets, especially Portobello.
W*: As an Urban Outsider, how would you cope if stranded on a desert island?
SK: I would hope that the years of practising art and photography have given me enough DIY skills to be able to adapt and live off the island’s terrain.
W*: What is your most useful practical skill?
SK: Taijiquan, an ancient form of martial art. It gently exercises and relaxes body and mind, fostering flexibility, harmony and rejuvenation – good for urban living.
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