“For millions of years flowers have been producing thorns. For millions of years sheep have been eating them all the same. And it’s not serious, trying to understand why flowers go to such trouble to produce thorns that are good for nothing? It’s not important, the war between the sheep and the flowers? It’s no more serious and more important than the numbers that fat red gentleman is adding up? Suppose I happen to know a unique flower, one that exists nowhere in the world except on my planet, one that a little sheep can wipe out in a single bite one morning, just like that, without even realizing what he’d doing – that isn’t important? If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important?”
Natasha, psychoanalyst, practices in Tver and Moscow/Russia, was always fascinated by portraits where features of a person captured on photos.
…and so we tried… ..no concept, no rules… …we just let go… …and danced…
Natasha, thank you for that dance. 🙂
Valeriya… …at the window… …just one wonderful square meter to play with light…
“And I’ve missed your ginger hair
And the way you like to dress
Won’t you come on over
Stop making a fool out of me
Why don’t you come on over Valerie?”
That day I met Kate (Katya) the first time. She never did a photo session before. Our idea was to copy a drawing of my painter-friend Alekseij.
After the work was done she wanted more. “I love to see me on photos” …wow. – I’ve rarely met anyone who looked at their own photos with such natural joy. That was contagious .. ..and so we continued the next hours. What a day.
Katya, thank you for all that joy. I’m looking forward to realize all the plans and ideas we had.
Катя, спасибо тебе за всю эту радость. Я с нетерпением жду реализации всех планов и идей, которые у нас были.
🙂 …of course they did not stare at me… …but I kindly asked if I could take a portrait of them…. …and they mostly agreed. I didn’t know these people in person… …but I know Aleksei Jogolev (#05) and this event was the opening of the exhibition of his paintings in Tver/Russia. Excellent paintings… …and excellent people.
Lena Fomina, actress in Tver/Russia
What would you do if you got the chance to do a photo shoot with an actress? Would you make up a story? Reenact scenes?
Or would you dare to tell the most exciting and intimate story? – So we did!
THIS IS THE LENA STORY.
Lena, thank you so much for your smiles and your sadness, for the play and the truth, for the distance and the nearness… …and of course for just beeing Lena.
Лена, большое спасибо за твои улыбки и твою грусть, за игру и правду, за расстояние и близость … … и, конечно, за то, что ты просто была Леной.
Please see Andreas Lena story at JETAMELE
…it all started with a river.
A river called Elbe, where a single photo of that river made its way downstream to become a wonderful blog… …feeded by inspiration, longing and the desire to communicate in an unknown language… …feeded by the influx of many other tributaries… it grew to ‘Every Day My Life’.. JEden TAg MEin LEben.. ..JETAMELE…
Andrea, I adore your work, especially you portrait series. It gives me inspiration, new perspectives and the comforting belief that there is someone out there, who sees more and deeper than what our eyes just perceive.
That is a precious gift.
Thank you for sharing that.
Wenn ihr im Raum Hamburg wohnt und individuelle, natürliche Porträts von euch oder euren Lieben haben möchtet, fragt Andrea. Die kann das!
please see Andreas homepage
Me and Polina met in August in Tver / Russia and we decide to do a photo shooting the next time when I’ll be around. And so we did.
I was impressed by her talented und versatile way to act in a portrait shooting. Some things just like happen like that. You don’t need to plan. You don’t need to talk… …you just let things happen.
A delightful day with this wonderful person. Thank you, Polina! …and I hope we will meet again.
this is for you. We believe in you! You will make your way! …just pure believe in yourself!
FAITH, HOPE, LOVE
Victoria & Markus
I asked people I met in public… …on the street, in bars, hotels, restaurants… …if I could take a potrait of them. Most of those short encounters were just for few seconds. One even ended in a really nice long chat.
There is this question of ‘How good you should know a person to do an authentic portrait?’ …and I asked myself ‘…and what will happen if you do a protrait of someone that you absolutely do not know?’ Will he/she put up a face the he/she want to show to the world? …I will never know. But what I mean to see is, that there is something really personal in their features which raise the thrilling question of who these people could be like.
“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”
This is Kristina from Moscow. Smart, intelligent and charming. A really nice person. Purser at AEROFLOT airlines.