The love for horses was inherent, the passion for clean lines and simplicity discovered through her graphic design studies, where Elisabeth was influenced by the work and philosophies of Van der Rohe, Behrens and Le Corbusier, to only mention a few. All of whom are supporters of the modern movement and often associated with their fondness for the aphorism "less is more". Discovering the importance and impact of the use of empty space, detail and hierarchy in design, Elisabeth’s first advanced photography skills were well established, both in the darkroom and out in the wild.
Nevertheless the camera was put aside as she first worked in her trade as a graphic designer, this was just after finishing her exams at the Krefeld University of Applied Science, in her home country Germany. It took a few years before turning her real passion into her new profession but, the meantime was well-invested by building up an immense knowledge in picture composition, colouration and creative design know-how. Now, using and combining her background and experience with her deep passion for horses, to create exquisite equine portraitures.
Elisabeth is now based in Cheshire, UK.
WHAT IT MEANS TO ME
"Our life is complex.
We live in abundance, an abundance of pretty much everything. Material things, foods, technology. Everything is always available - we are always available. It has been made very easy for us to lose perspective and it gets harder and harder to see and appreciate the things that are really important to us. Maybe all of us, at some point or another, have been at that point where we were too overwhelmed by all the choices and possibilities we have. So overwhelming in fact, that the only reaction left is to feel numb and not to be able to do anything.
I knew this feeling well and it made me question pretty much everything I did so far in my life - not only my whole lifestyle, but especially regarding my career choices which were clearly leading to a life in an enclosed office, a thought that truly scared me. This was the turning point in my life. I got rid of pretty much everything I owned, tidied up my life inside out in hopes of seeing things clearer without all these distractions around.
Some big decisions later and, slowly but surely, things I really needed in my life were made clear to me. My mind became as clear as my living space, I was able to see where I wanted to go. Of course it didn’t work as quickly as it may sound now, such things are always a long process, still ongoing even.
In the end I think - for me - it all comes down to what has influenced and inspired me the most: Creative people who concentrate on the essential and broadly-based areas to make a complex life less complicated, gaining in the process not just functionality but a clean, distinctive beauty. Nowadays it is gladly called minimalism. Although often misunderstood, minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean to live with only the fewest things possible, but rather describes the act of eliminating the unnecessary so it becomes easier to cherish the things we need most, nothing goes unnoticed and everything serves a purpose. It is maybe a return to the substance, maybe a logical reaction to this affluent society we’re living in, or maybe self-rescue. Whatever it is, in the end, it has helped my life in so many ways and shaped my work undeniably."