2014 was a year of excitement, of loss and love and of finding new friends. It was a year of support, of learning and growing and of finally having a full frame camera to shoot with.
In January, I started a 52 weeks project (again...) which I stopped after 22 photos because I just did not have the energy or creativity at this point of the year. But I am still very glad I did it for a while because it kick-started my creativity at the beginning of the year and I am very happy with the images I produced in those weeks.
I also started my series "One with nature" because the nature where Moritz lives is also incredibly inspiring to me.
These days were among the most productive of the entire year and I created so many images that I love dearly.
And while I was there, I also took several photos for my 52 weeks project. I always miss having wide spaces like fields and the like in Munich so I always take many photos when I visit Moritz. And yes, I love my white dress! ;)
In March, I travelled to Frankfurt for ONE day to meet some really cool photographer friends for a few hours. Somehow, I still have not edited most photos from this day so here is to doing that in 2015!
I also met Anne for the first time in March. Anne is in absolute sweetheart and I am so glad to have her here in Munich. We went to the Botanical Gardens in Munich and explored the beautiful plants and butterflies (there was a butterfly event at the time) and just generally had a great time.
In April, Kristian and Michael came to Munich from the States on their Europe trip and we spent two days together. On the first day, Laura was also with us, the second day we walked around town without her because she was at university. We explored churches, parks, ate ice cream and took photos. Those two are really special and sweet and I hope to see them again some time!
Moritz also visited me here in Munich a few days later in April and we took lots of photos! We went to a lake, to the Botanical Gardens and walked around Munich, eating ice cream, taking photos of crows and laughing our heads of.
And then everything came to a halt when my mum passed away in the last days of April. I lost all drive and energy and most of all, my creativity. It was a dark and very painful period of my life and I still miss her every day.
I created this image "Gone too soon" as a tribute to her. The Falcon animal totem represents visionary power, wisdom, and guardianship which are all things she truly possessed.
I didn't really take many photos in the following months because I felt like I had nothing to give. I was not myself.
In May, I nevertheless participated in the ARTMUC art fair in Munich. I had a good enough time with lots of visitors and 3 photos sold but it was hard as hell when the parents of other artists came by.
In June, I went to Bournemouth in the UK for a week to find myself again. I visited my friend Stephanie who is also a photographer and we spent most of our time cycling along the beach front, taking photos and drinking coffee. It was what I needed and I felt if not better than at least more like myself again afterwards.
In June, I also took part in a collaboration of 24 creative photographers from Germany who interpreted the song "Hopeless Wanderer" by Mumford and Sons in their own way, one line per person. My line was "But I was sure we could see a new start" and this is my interpretation. I dedicated it to my mother.
The entire project can be found here.
In July, Moritz offered me to visit him to get my mind set on other things again. It was a glorious summer week and while we of course took photos, we also spent a lot of time just talking, having iced coffee, playing with the cat and going running. I truly have the best friends. <3
Ethan came from the States and visited Munich in July which was super exciting!! He is seriously one the nicest people ever and we had the best time exploring Nymphenburg Castle and Munich for two days! I miss him lots and hope to see him again on a meetup or visiting the States one day.
In August, I discovered my immense love for underwater photography! I only had two chances to try it before it got too cold but my models Anne and Lisa were incredible and I honestly had the best time. Lisa came all the way from Würzburg just to model for me in the water! I seriously cannot wait for it to be summer again!!
I spent most of the next month in South Africa with my boyfriend and his kids visiting his family and even though I had planned a few shootings, I ended up only taking private photos and spending quality family time and taking a break. Sometimes this is exactly what you need and what will help you create again in the long run.
In September, I took in my first intern. From being a complete stranger, Andrés not only become a real asset but also a very good friend. Having him here work with me 40 hours a week pushed me immensely and we created lots and lots of props together over the next few weeks. His arrival also marked the beginning of my current series "My Secret Garden". The first image "The Autumn King" also had him as model in it. Most of the props we built in that time and the photoshoots we had together have not been published yet so you will see them this year!
In October I had two exhibitions. The first one was my second solo exhibition which took place for 6 weeks in the Galerie eigenArt and was also part of Kunst in Sendling. I literally spoke to hundreds of people at my exhibition and held several little guided tours and it was the most rewarding feeling speaking to people and finding out what they liked or disliked and which was their favourite image.
In October, Evan came from the States and visited Munich! It's really awesome if you finally meet somebody you have known online for a long time! We didn't have much time to take photos but went to the Octoberfest and around Munich instead. I managed to take two portraits of him anyways. Evan is a very sweet and incredibly funny person and I wish he lived closer!
In November, I went to the most wonderful meetup with 13 incredibly lovely other photographers. We stayed in this awesome old house on the grounds of a castle a few hours from Munich. Basically, we took photos from morning to night. We were blessed with one day of fog and all these wonderful people became really good friends! We are planning to meet again this year. All the photos I took there have the same character for me because I went there unprepared and without knowing most of them which is why the series is called "The Quiet Series".
In December, I took in my second intern Alicia who is currently helping me once a week to build props and the like. I used the rest of the month to edit photos from the past few shoot and to prepare shootings for 2015.
If I look back at 2014, it was a crazy year. So much happened and I feel that I grew so much in one year, personally and creatively. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, for your messages, your comments, your likes and favourites. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog and follows me. You all mean so much to me!!!
Here's to a great year 2015!