“As a child I started with painting, but I had trouble with transferring the image that was in my mind onto paper. Shortly after that, I found photography.”
Deciding to pursue photography from a young age, Sandra Gramm exhibits an acutely aware mind through her images. She presents unique perspectives of the world that we know, whilst creating totally new ones through her bright, pastel-hued still life imagery.
After moving to Berlin in 2008 from a small town in North-East Germany, Gramm began working for an array of different photographers and creatives whilst studying Photography and Graphic Design. Now a self-employed photographer, she excels in evolving and refining her practice, constantly expanding her strong body of work.
Gramm treats her photographs with an endearing sincereness, putting so much of herself into the frame that she thoughtfully captures. “My work and aesthetic reflect my personality; what I feel and think about certain things. If I have to describe myself in a few words it would be curious, playful, reflective, and sensitive.”
Her work predominantly investigates and examines three of the things that fascinate her most: femininity, perception and biology. Inspired by these concepts, Gramm feels free to explore the photographic medium in a solely unique way, whether it be through analogue photography, GIFs, collages or still life sculptures.
What exudes her photographs is the consideration and depth that take place behind their production. Discerning, clever and very conscious, Gramm doesn’t want to capture a random moment that crosses her way. “I’m still making sketches of nearly all of my pictures before taking them,” she explains.
Gramm does not deny the many challenges of the industry, but what enables her to conquer them is her own self belief in what she is doing. “One of the most challenging parts about creative work today is being influenced by everything you see. Especially on the internet. Since I stopped comparing myself to other creatives and looking at what they do at the moment, I feel much more confident and independent about my work. I don’t have to ask myself, ‘Was it my idea? Or did I see it on the internet?’”
Not only is this talented girl backing herself, but we are too.
Words/ Sarina Meuleman