From my personal photo archive – my favourite reading-pictures

30. Oktober 2020

From my personal photo archive – my favourite reading-pictures

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen
A photo from last summer, by Anne Krämer, 2017.

In the past two years I was happy to realise a lot of photographic projects with many different, creative photographers. Each of them has an own and individual style, yet there is one thing that connects many of my photoshoots like a golden threat: literature.

When I am preparing for a shoot, I do very often pack a book into my bag. Mostly just to be sure to have a possible prop for the pictures as a form of backup. I do rather like natural posings and movements on photos and I feel extremely comfortable with holding or reading books in front of the camera. This is simply what I love to do in real life, so this does not feel like acting or disguise for me!

This is why I collected lots of photographs of myself in a reading pose, and my favourites are displayed below.

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen
Photo: Antonia Gruber for Tiga Lily Clothing, 2017.

I visited Antonia Gruber in her shop in Vienna last spring. I knew she had this lovely Edwardian inspired dress, which I am wearing above, so I chose a matching styling to this one. Actually it was the first time ever that I tried such a hairstyle – I did not even practice before – but in my opinion it all came together quite well in the end.

It also distracts the viewer from noticing that I am holding the book upside down – what a faux pas. :))

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen

Photo: Tabea Brandt, 2017.

Tabea took this shot in a lovely small café in Leipzig. I did the shoot with her for a blogpost about one of my favourite authors – Michael Ende – and his amazing NeverEnding Story.

I love how she captured my hair and face and yet put the blurred focus on the beautifully illustrated book, which is a true piece of art. If you would like to see more from this series and my thoughts about the NeverEnding Story as well, have a look at my post „Every real story is a NeverEnding Story – a love letter to Ende’s books“.

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen
Photos: Sophia Molek, 2016.

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen

At the end of 2016, I had a wonderful collaboration with Paramount Pictures to promote their movie Allied. To take some photos connected to the theme, Sophia Molek and I went into an old Airbnb flat in Leipzig.

There were lots of shelves with old books and we needed to capture quite a few 1940s looks, so of course the literature played a part in our sceneries! I think one doesn’t always simply have to sit down and look into the pages, there is so much more one can do on a picture.

Also the facial expression plays a big role in this theme. Like I just mentioned above, a woman can live so many lives while she is reading. Why not express this on a photo as well?

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen

Photo: Sarah Bokeh, 2017.

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Emmy Design Park
Photos: Sophia Molek, 2016.

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen
Photos: Crosslights Fotografie, 2017.

Women who read - Frauen, die lesen

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Photo: Sophia Molek, 2017.

On a beautiful sunny autumn day I strolled through Leipzig’s market with Sophia. The sun was going down and after we used the last beautiful sunrays to capture them on a picture, we found this unique antique book store right around the corner.

There is a small street in Leipzig called Nikolaistraße where you can find three old book shops next to each other. The one we loved most is the one on the photo above. I always adore dark and wooden floor-to-ceiling shelves, that are filled with literature from top to bottom. It’s giving me such a cozy and warm feeling. A lovely, decorative plus was the ladder, which we placed in the background.

I could spend hours and hours browsing through the old, dusty treasures in such shops, wondering who was the last person to read the lines that I am now seeing in front of me, asking myself whether they smiled upon these words the same way that I do right now.

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