Name: Elena Helfrecht
Birthday: 12th of May
College: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg
Favorite Color: The whole spectrum
Favorite Book: Currently „Rumo und die Wunder im Dunkeln“; I adore poems very much, especially expressionistic ones
Favorite Movie: Currently „Four Rooms“
Favorite Food: Sushi, Vegetarian Food
Favorite Quote: „Das Leben ist zu kostbar, um es dem Schicksal zu überlassen.“
For how long have you been in photography? How did you start?
I started as a teenager when I got my dad’s old digital camera. At first I photographed only nature, only later I discovered the human subject.
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I work expressive, I pour my feelings out and make them visible. I don’t work on comission. I want to evoke thoughts and emotions in the beholder, which is what basically defines an artist for me.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. I visit a lot of exhibitions and I love reading. I studied Art History, so I am not only a creator, but also a consumer. Most of my concepts are deeply inspired by personal history, by experiences and emotions. I have the urge to tell stories.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method you use to create new concepts?
I don’t use Brainstorming, for I don’t force my ideas. My photography is a very natural and spontaneous process, born from emotion, not from thinking.
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
Photography for me is a way to capture my personal perspective and reality. I can freeze moments and show hidden stories. Digital technology makes things a lot easier and accessible to everyone.
What type of camera do you use most?
Canon EOS 600D
What is your favorite lens?
I don’t have a favourite lens. I like whatever is needed to bring my ideas to life. For a lot of my photos I use a Tamron 2.8, 17 – 50 mm.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently?
I think I mostly like „Der Nachtmahr“, „My light will burn you“ and „Existence“.
How important is an awesome website for your business?
A website doesn’t have to be awesome, it has to be clean, easy to use and show your work like a virtual gallery.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
Passion and the ability to see by heart.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
There are many projects I poured my heartblood in. I think I like „A Heart’s Tale“ a lot, which is an ongoing project using bodies to unveil the souls inside of them.
List of your clients?
My clients are galleries, publishers and collectors from all over the world.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
I admire a lot of photographers, far too many to list them all. Some of my most loved ones are Joel-Peter Witkin, Francesca Woodman and Vivian Maier.
What about architects and designers?
Regarding architecture I love Gothic architecture and Historism. Berlin is a wonderful city to live in as I really admire the works of Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
What are your next projects?
I always have something on my mind, maybe someday a book or a Tarot set.