Photography by Anabella Bärmann

Nov 16, 2016

Anabella is a young photographer and student from the south of Germany who knows how to depict the soul of her sitters by creating astounding pictorial natural portraits. Careful observer of her subjects and carrying always a camera, Anabella is constantly looking for a small gesture or a simple pose that can reflect their personality and uncover those honest and uncomplicated moments that represent life and make a great image.


Next we present a short interview that we had with her:


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

AB - Thanks a lot to you for giving me the opportunity! I am originally from a tiny village in the south of Germany, but now I am living close to Frankfurt. 22 years old, still studying - languages and business studies – and working besides.


am - How did you start in photography?

AB - I already took pictures as a child, I had my first film camera maybe with 7 and then I got a Polaroid camera for Christmas. Still have those pictures, but I guess I lost the camera somewhere. I got back to and into photography last year living in Brazil when my best friend told me to get one of those old film cameras. So I went, got one, started taking pictures again and tried to learn as much as I could. Since then I rarely go somewhere without her.


am - Do you have any rituals or practices that help you get into the creative zone?

AB - Walk, observe and write.


am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?

AB - I love walking around the city, especially the natural islands like parks or river and also changing places and just observing people and what’s going on. There are so many impressions you get and you also get inspired by people, like what they wear, how they move, where they sit or stand and how. Lots of my inspiration also comes from interacting with people, spending time with them.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

AB - I love Annie Leibovitz’s portraits, as well as Teller’s photographs, cause they’re so real and tangible, but there are also so many young photographers (struggle with names) I love. There’s a girl from Iceland, her pictures are amazing, the whole composition, with lots of nature and just very honest.


am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?

AB - Raw, intimate and veracious.


am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?

AB - Reading, being outside, friends and family, horseback riding, thinking about ideas, studying, exhibitions, theater, collages, going for coffee, food or drinks…


am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

AB - South America.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

AB - Maybe Big Fish, but also The Lobster, there’s so many good ones.


am - What are you reading at the moment?

AB - The Architect’s Apprentice, Pink Hotel and Machado de Assis.


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