Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

The burden of success

Apr 17, 2021 - Julia Albrecht

In general, the inspiration for my body of work stems from growing up in a small village in eastern Germany: triggered from everyday life matters like the horses, the hay, the scrapyard of my father with hands full of motor oil, and rainbow reflections in a small corner to more dire local issues. In any case, these are the essential factors that had a formative effect on my artistic work. Guided by my feelings, instincts, and empathy for others’ feelings, I reflect on them constantly until now.

Torn between isolation and beautiful nature, my life experience and the feelings and emotions that arise result in different topics in my work. Photography is not just a way to process my childhood and memories but also to address social and philosophical issues. More precisely, the paradox of life that everyone has to live with the pain we have to get used to growing up – shedding our naivete-, realising that the whole world does not revolve around ourselves but that we are just a speck of dust in the cycle of life, the realisation of not being able to meet all societal expectations and ideas and then finally having to deal with the fact of your death.

Exploring facets of life and death as an attempt to find answers to the questions I had to ask myself far too often. For example, how we live with our environment and nature, how we treat, use, and exploit each other like creatures.

Generally, artistic practice is often about finding and losing yourself again – like a pendulum searching for the centre. It attempts to fly invisibly through space and absorb it – people, animals, nature. I am trying to understand the absurdity of humanity. To follow the flow and be guided by the artistic process. Since I am a very emotional person myself, it is often difficult for me to immediately assess my feelings or interpret them. My work process established itself as an opportunity to capture my flow of thoughts and to organise them.