"Everything real is the art of the eye, it remains only to give the soul."
Aleksandra German-Petranovskaya was born in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, one of the largest historical cities of the country in a family of journalists. She graduated from a lyceum with a special warehouse, where there were non-standard subjects such as chess lessons or mythology. The best childhood memories are trips to the Black Sea by plane, when you could rise above the ground and dream. Probably, a ticket to the future of life influenced this. After school, she entered the University of Cinematography and Television, a director's course. There, the first acquaintance with photography occurred. According to the practical director, it was necessary to shoot the frames on a film camera itself and make up stories from them. After studying, photography became a part of her life. Focusing on portrait genre, directing knowledge and working at the Center for Analytical Psychology taking pictures.
Alexandra, most of all considers herself a free and independent photographer. She works with analog and digital cameras, her works can be seen in the German magazine Stern, the French edition of Sensual-Photography.
When observing Alexandra’s works, one can comprehend that there is a depth that speaks volumes. While at first it may not be obvious, as you glance through each space of the image you realize that the photograph speaks for itself. Be it color or black and white, the exposed senses do not need much interpretation. Not only is the physicality of the person captured, but their soul appears to bloom right before your eyes. There is an inevitable awe to each image that leaves you yearning for completion.
Q. What role does the artist have in society?
A. I think one of the key things is to curb human vices and say it skillfully, only a true artist can.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. The most vivid and powerful impression of childhood is the sea. Always exciting, unpredictable and somehow humanly sincere.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. As a child, I really dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Fair. It is not joke. For me it was the most responsible profession and only for the elite, the mission to go there is not given to everyone. But then, as I was growing up, I started dreaming about the artist and myself painted something on white sheets or at the end of the study book.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. I don’t remember the first one, that's for sure. I well remember my feelings from the film camera, the most exciting moment is the shutter sound, and then in anticipation of the result. In the period when I began to learn film in more detail, I was fascinated by everything connected with it. I still adhere to analog shots, and I believe that all the magic of photography is stored there.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in Photography?
A. Seriously, if I can say more precisely, I was consciously aware that I came to photography already many years later, when I took courses and master classes in photography. I got acquainted with international names like Paolo Roversi, Josef Sudek, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Duano, Diana Arbus , Andre Curtes, etc. I realized how subtle and powerful this creation is.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. I'm still looking for my style. But I'm closer to a black and white photo or specially selected collective images in retro style, but not stylization, this is an important point. I am more inclined to what I feel, so I like the art, retro style more to my liking.
Q. What does your photographs aim to express?
A. I want my photos to be honest above all, the way I see and feel it, I don’t need everyone to like it, it’s important for me to convey the essence, like a tree’s root, or reveal the secret of the human soul.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. The feeling of laziness really bothers me. I've been going for something for a long time. Perhaps it’s more in me, the soul of a Buddhist says, everything in this world is destined and there is no need to rush. The main point is to remain yourself.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. The most important donation is a matter of choice. I'm still on the lookout for that.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. The greatest influence on me was the classics of Bach and Chopin music, in the photo art it is Paolo Roversi, Josef Sudek.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. I love loneliness. It's like a glass of pure water.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. I am still involved in video editing, collecting films, TV programs.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. Feel and do. Honesty to oneself.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Nothing good, but at the same time, it is important within the reasonable, when it does not break the artist, remember the famous work of the classic Nicholas Gogol "Portrait".
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. Everything in this world is changeable, and there is no time, like reality. Everything in this world is Doa, and there is no emptiness.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. "Do not spit in the well, the time will come for water to get drunk."
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. To feel and not to rush.
B. How would you like to be identified and remembered?