Andrea Friederichs-du Maire

How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as open, curious, listening, thoughtful and
creative. I always have a lot of ‚hustle and bustle‘ around me, but
it’s important for me to have a space for myself, otherwise my
creativity will perish.
I am interested in other people and their inner processes and

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How would you describe your art?

It is important to me to photograph people I can feel. I try to work
with them to develop creative spaces where they can express
themselves. And me too. Every person is individual and so
something new grows up in every shoot.
In my self-portrait project, I try to pick up and express my own inner
topics. I have been working on this self-convergence project for four
years now and I have realized that me and myself have become
good friends.
I also love playing with irritation and illusion. Irritation forces us to
take a closer look and sometimes to take new paths in our thinking.

How would you describe your field?

My photographs are creative, often intuitive and influenced by
psychological issues. I am very impressed by the processes and
developments that people experience throughout their lives. I often
work with teenagers. Topics such as self-image, self-confidence,
diversity and identity are important in my work. I like the energy and
impulsiveness, which comes from teenagers. There’s a great
creative field.

It is my great wish that people feel free in front of my camera and develop trust, so that a creative space can arise. It is also a form of self-awareness.

What do you want to say through your art?

I think I would like to tell how diverse and colorful our lives are.
Everything has its right to exist and it is so valuable and kind to be
able to meet yourself. I think that’s a foundation for community. I
can only connect with others in the heart if I can connect with
myself. And it’s fantastic to express yourself creatively. Anyone can
do that.

What / Who inspires you?

There are great photographers like Peter Lindbergh, Anton Corbijn
or Annie Leibowitz, but actually I collect my inspiration from
everything I perceive, see and hear. I meet people, talk to them,
listen to them, consider a lot of photographs and pictures every day.
All of this inspires me in my own work.

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

Yes, I think and feel that my work experiences a lot about peace,
diversity, love and freedom. This is something I wish our world to
do. It must have positive effects, if we listen to others, if we are
more in contact with ourselves and if we go into this world with a
loving look.

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What obstacles have you faced?

I am always faced with my own inner blockages, with doubts and
questions that I cannot answer. Sometimes my work seems so
superfluous to me. But I know from my personal experience that all
of these phases pass. They are part of a creative work.
And of course, the daily everyday life, the spreading of one’s own
work, the generation of customers and the financial part are always
an obstacle to go into creativity. But I think meanwhile that things
flow when you decide to do them.

What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?

Go your own way, practice your craft, develop your own language, tell
everyone about it and don’t be put off. And: deal with marketing strategies!

On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?

I am definitely supported by my family, my husband and my
children. In addition, I always find friends and other people who like
my work and encourage me to continue. That is very valuable!

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