INTERVIEW

May 27, 2021

RUHR PERSPECTIVES

IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH LUHSE

Photography by Sarah Luhse
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Sarah Luhse is a primary school teacher. With an enormous passion for fine arts since she was young, in her free time she loves to draw and take pictures with her Leica camera. Here she presents a series of photographs wanting to show the beauty of the often underestimated region, the Ruhr Area, where Sarah lives. The Ruhr Area has a huge industrial tradition. Her photographs are edited in black and white, focusing on contrasts, shapes, and textures.

TPL: Sarah please tell us about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?

SL: I was born and raised in the Lower Rhine Region in Germany, but I'm living and working as a teacher in the Ruhr Area in Germany now. It was my boyfriend, a professional photographer, who evoked my deep interest in photography. Nevertheless, I have always had a passion for arts in general. Besides photography, my favorite leisure activity is visiting exhibitions or going to the theatre.

TPL: Where do you find inspiration?

SL: I am able find beauty in everything. That's why I find inspiration in the supposedly boring objects and places.

TPL: What do you want to express through your photography? What are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs?

SL: My main interest is to express my aesthetic perception with the recipient. I always try to focus on a classically perfect or a unique composition (golden cut, rule of thirds, lines, …).

TPL: Do you have a favourite place to go photograph?

SL: All those beautiful capitals and cities around Europe.

TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?

SL: My heart beats for modern art. Kahlo, Chagall and Picasso are my all time favorite artists.

Concerning photography I adore the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Berenice Abbott and Maria Svarbova.

TPL: When you take pictures, do you usually have a concept in mind of what you want to shoot, or do you let the images just "come to you", or is it both? Describe your process.

SL: It is both. Sometimes the images come to me automatically and sometimes I already know exactly what to photograph in advance.

TPL: Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography? What camera do you use? Do you have a preferred lens/focal length?

SL: I am using a Leica Q2 most of the time.

TPL: What are some of your goals as an artist or photographer? Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

SL: I don't see myself as an artist or a photographer. I am an amateur and taking and editing photos is what I like.

TPL: "When I am not out photographing, I like to...

SL: Draw, to visit exhibitions, to go to the theatre, to sing and to swim.”