Today, we’d like to introduce photographer, Gabriele Viertel to the blog.
Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I am someone who lives through the eyes. When I walk through the streets, I’m attracted to the architecture, shapes, lines, colors, symmetries, and windows which tell about the inhabitants. I like to see people when they are not busy with their external impact. As a photographer, I prefer staying under water and portraying people in the studio.
Since some years ago, I live in the Netherlands, but I grew up in a small town near Cologne. There I have had a wonderful and happy childhood in a large family with relaxed parents, a large garden, plentiful forests, and neighbors who quickly forgot our childish pranks.
What is art to you?
For me, art is an expression of culture, knowledge, perception, thoughts and ideas, the intention of an effect, and a creative process. Art is, of course, a subject of development of the human condition which is influenced by trends and commercialism. It is also self-representation of those who make use of art.
What does your typical day look like?
My daily life consists of the normal things in life, such as a walk with my two dogs in the woods, fill the fridge, and clean up the house. A lot of time I spend at the computer editing photos, doing administrative work, and social networking. When I am preparing a photo shoot, I am focused and leave the house as little as possible. After a shoot, I can then spend hours with the photos, sometimes all night. But I’m not a workaholic, I love the common funny dinners with friends, trips with them and sports.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
This varies. Sometimes a picture is perfect in my opinion without any image processing. Very often I like to create distance and do not look at the pictures for a few days or weeks. This frees up the view. My work, which I stage, requires careful preparation, execution and post-processing; this often takes several weeks.
How have your surroundings influenced your work?
The surroundings in which we live, always influence our doing. For me, variety is important, new visual feed, talking with other creatives, reviews by competent people. Thereof I take my motivation and inspiration.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
First, I do not want to lose the joy in this work. This includes for me how my work will be perceived. I want to appeal to people through visual communication. Otherwise, I have lost a part of my ability to speak.
How have others reacted to your work?
Naturally, positive comments are more often pronounced than negative ones. I am pleased with recognition and encouragement, but I also experience incomprehension. This is also good. Art is not a product for the broad masses and may polarize.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
I would tell her that success often takes time. That dreams must evolve to find your own handwriting. That criticism sometimes hurts but when the pain is over, it can give you wings.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
1. Do what do you do again and again.
2 Do not make too much.
That sounds contradictory, but it isn’t.
One means growth, the other means selection.
Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
. She began her artistic career basing her research on the study of colors, on the world of toys and on hyper contemporary materials.
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