Dispatches: Charlene Winfred


Sometimes the stars align and people cross unlikely paths. This past week in Santa Fe was evidence of this alignment. Charlene Winfred, photographer/writer/filmmaker and perpetual traveler was in rapidly cooling off New Mexico. And so was I. I pounced. “Hey, can I interview you?” A time and place were set and we sat down. Well, after spending two hours trying to empty the house of all other, noisy, coffee-high people. David, Amy and Han(Flemming).
[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/294613430?secret_token=s-729Hp” params=”color=570000&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Charlene’s story is fascinating, at least to me, a sheltered white boy from the country. She is a citizen of the world. I’ll let her explain, but just think about India, China, Singapore, Australia, Denmark and places in between and you will understand the first brush strokes. Her life is that of the “inbetweener” of culture, race and continent. An observer, happy to be on the outside looking in.

Women are not as represented in the sponsored realm of photography as they should be, so it’s nice to see Charlene reaping the rewards of a smart approach to image making. In a few short years she’s learned what works and what she likes. Sponsored by Fuji, creating films, stills and written projects. I’ve included TWO images here, one of her reflected. This will make sense when you listen to the interview, and one with her trusty XPro-2.(This one is for the geeks.)

fuji6829 (She was making a picture of the rental car.)

19 Comments on “Dispatches: Charlene Winfred”

  1. I have to agree with Wim, a great interview and interesting to listen to. As and Englishman who has now lived in Germany for 23 years I can confirm it’s a great place to live Charlene, especially the Munich area!

  2. Most enjoyable, thank you Daniel and Charlene. I imagine that being a nomad is most enjoyable but very hard work. Having to move countries after every 90 days brings home just how homeless a nomad is. One driving and one ‘riding shotgun’ is a great metaphor for a Charlene and Flemming road trip; and a great title for a book.
    Thanks again.

    1. Mike,
      We live this way by choice. I teetered on the edge of not being able to afford rent only once in my life, and it was a different situation (which I hope to never revisit).

      Flemming and I have been talking about this Shotgun book for a year now… we really have to get around to making it, stat.

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  4. That was the most interesting 38minutes I listened to in a very,very long time. So much power, so much truth, thanks Charlene. It’s this kind of interviews that makes audio superior to video. Let the voice enter the mind and let the mind work it out from then. Ultimate dispatch Dan, it’s growing on you. Ultimate thanks when this can be repeated.

    1. Reiner,
      I’m trying! But, I did learn a few things with Charlene. Will factor in to upcoming interviews. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the feedback.

  5. Wonderful half an hour of listening. Charlene is fascinating and upbeat, but obviously also pragmatic. Nice when good lives happens to good people. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview– both of you!

    1. Darlene and Charlene! I love it. Thanks for listening. You were close to my 20,000 play on Soundcloud. Much appreciated.

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