Photography by Jacqueline Stürmer

May 24, 2018

Jacqueline is a self-taught German photographer and medicine student who bases her photographic practice on self portraiture. Taking self portraits is a meditative process for her, where she can escape reality and express her thoughts and feelings. In her charged images we can identify influences from the oeuvre of Francesca Woodman, where melancholy and expressiveness play an essential role.


Following we present an interview that we had with Jacqueline:


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

JS - First of all, thank you for the opportunity! My name is Jacqueline (Jacky), I’m a 23 years old medicine student and I’m based in Saarland, Germany.


am - How did you start in photography?

JS - I first started in photography about a year ago after modelling for analogue photographer and now boyfriend Mark Doerr. I was totally fascinated by the old technique and the development process, then I bought my first camera (Praktica MTL5) shortly afterwards. Film photography and especially self-portraiture immediately became a passion for me.


am - What draws you to work mainly around self-portraiture?

JS - It’s not always easy to communicate emotions verbally so self-portraiture is a great way to express my feelings on a different level. Sometimes, an idea comes to my mind and I feel like taking my portrait is a way to escape, dream and create. The process of taking a self-portrait itself feels kind of meditative to me and calms me down. At the same time, it excites me because I never know what I’m going to look like in the frame or if there even is a successful result at all. Furthermore, the whole process of visualising my ideas, getting in and out of the frame, setting up, checking light and focus is rather complicated… I love challenges!


am - What inspires your work?

JS - I’m inspired by shadow and light, death and life, my own emotions and fears.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

JS - Francesca Woodman, Duane Michals, Leanne Surfleet, Mark Doerr.


am - What are your main interests as an artist?

JS - The idea to create and convey emotions visually. I want a picture to captivate the glances and souls of viewers and thus be thought-provoking.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

JS - I absolutely love Hitchcock movies like “Vertigo”, “The Birds” and “Psycho”.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

JS - It must be “Francesca Woodman: Works from the Sammlung Verbund”.


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

JS - Thank you as well!

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