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Sandra Bartocha is a professional photographer & editor from Germany, lover of light, forests, the sea ... good coffee and everything visual. She loves combining still and moving images with the specific aim of creating images that evoke an emotional response.
My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Facebook Flickr
For this issue, we’re delighted to be able to bring you an interview with Sandra Bartocha. It’s taken a little while to do so as Sandra has been busy bringing to completion Lys - An intimate Journey to the North, her joint project with Werner Bollmann, but I think you will agree that it has been worth the wait.
Was there a sense of inevitability about your becoming a professional photographer – your father was one?
Yes, absolutely. Sometimes it is interesting how life paths are chosen. My dad worked as a photo journalist and joining him on assignments was always interesting. For me, it was very clear that I didn't want to sit behind a desk day by day ... I’d rather be out, meet people and have exciting challenges.
During your studies in media and English literature, you worked as an assistant to a studio photographer. How did this influence your photography? Did it give you a particular appreciation for and understanding of the importance of lighting?
It did influence me in a way, in that I did know that I didn’t want to be a studio photographer! It was a kind of an old school studio, and I was so bored by the stereotypical portraits they did that it was not a good choice for me. Of course, there are always many influences that shape a vision ... so it might help me that bits and pieces of lighting scenarios remained subconsciously in my head.