Aleks came to Scotland in 2007 as a young woman. Her dreams crashed a few years later, when she found herself divorced, the mother of a young child, and owning nothing except a car. Determined to turn her life crisis into something positive, she somehow managed to get through this and started studying art.
When our paths crossed a few years later and she told me her story, it immediately resonated with me. We discovered that, coincidentally, I had started studying art at the same time at the same college, although in a different course, and also as a reaction to a crisis in my own life.
I am a German-Scottish artist based in Aberdeen who works in a variety of media. To me, photography is an artistic medium which allows me to reflect on life, experiences and situations, and to connect with people.
My work in general is informed by my life experiences and my feeling of being connected with nature.
When working with individuals in a studio setting, I have repeatedly experienced that the process of creating a meaningful portrait together, has the potential to open up conversations on a very human level, even if I don’t know the individual very well. It is this humanness I try to capture.