Originally from Yorkshire, Vicky Frost aka Beyond Reason studied fine arts in Leeds before moving to Berlin, where she now works as a graphics designer and photographer. She took a break from her graphics tablet and set aside her camera to talk to us about the art of space and transitory moments.
What's your favourite drink at Happy Hour?
Definitely an Amaretto Sour. Sweet but sour every time.
Originally from Yorkshire, you now live in Berlin - how have these two cities influenced you as an artist?
I wouldn't say that they have really. I think that it's just given me more excuse to travel. I was influenced more by the journey in between.
You've worked in a number of different studio spaces. What was this like? When did you decide you no longer wanted a studio?
When I started studying art we were forced to find our niche in a space. Working in a space didn't work for me, but for my time at university it was good to have a base to always go back to. I like to hang my images or clips from magazines and other inspiration all over the wall to try and find connections between them, so having a studio was definitely good for that.
I think I love my camera so much because it gives me the option to be creative on the go, which suits my lifestyle. I'm always visiting places, partly because my family lives so spread out. Wherever I am, with my camera at my side, I'm free to be inspired by a space for that time or moment. For a long time I was constricting myself with my table.
You live in the city but your photography is very nature-focused. Describe your relationship with nature.
I don't think I go looking for it. I think it just happens. I'm from Yorkshire so I'm from the countryside. It's just something I've always had around me. Maybe it's something I search for in particular, without knowing that my own conscious initiates it.
Tell us a little bit more about your journey through the art-world: from fine arts to graphic design to photography.
I like exploring, usually between two things that contrast one another. This can be seen in my photographs with up and down, black and white, life and death. Installations have usually happened from photographs or films. Usually I go to take a photograph it turns into a film and if I go to take a film it turns into a photograph. It’s really strange.
I never think of my art as a finished piece. Hence why I don't stick to one medium. I just don't like the idea of limiting myself.
What role does travelling play in your photography?
All my pictures are on the go. I think again because I was always in between places, I never stayed in one place. Just last year for example, I did a big world trip. I guess it just naturally happened that travel became a means of being creative. It's not about the place it's more about what inspires me at that moment. I can be walking down the street and something is suddenly triggered in my head. It’s like my brain suddenly hits a play button and I then start to explore.
On the topic of tools: what camera do you use and what is your go-to editing program?
Canon 600. I try not to edit my photographs. I might edit a colour later or fix something that is weirdly out of line, but generally I don't.
Your artist name ‘Beyond Reason’ - where did that come from?
I'm always trying to go beyond what I'm capable of or beyond what I'm photographing. I try to connect dots between themes to understand myself better. It is also linked to the concept of what happens beyond the frame. Most of my photographs that I exhibited back home, now I realise that they were beyond two elements and pushing the story out of the frame. It was more about the story around it and how the picture came to be.
Black or white?
On JUNIQE I am currently only selling black and white photos but I’m usually quite a colourful person. I can't pick between them. You have to have them both together, there's no inbetween. Without one or the other the highlights don't stand out. You just need both.