Born in Freiburg, I have my roots in the Black Forest of southwestern Germany. My formative creative years were spent there, and later in Berlin and Frankfurt. Before coming to America, I moved from these large urban areas to a natural setting in the forested hills of the Westerwald region, to be closer to nature, from which I draw my inspiration. In 2008, I relocated to the United States, and currently reside and work in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, surrounded by abundant wildlife and flora.
In America, I am an artist member of AVA Gallery, and a juried member of the Boston Printmakers’ Guild. I teach analog photography and historic photographic processes at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Remaining in one place, emerging from the usual all-day mad rush, which has no chance, no hope of arrival, allows a perception to emerge: what actually happened will appear again. Tales will step from this rush --- gestures that are in danger of being drowned by this quickness, almost covered by it.
My intention is not to document an isolated moment or paint a realistic picture like a report. Rather, I want to give an account of small movements and atmospheres, and share what I have experienced within that time.
My desire is for the observer to get in touch with the images, to try to follow their history --- and perhaps invite a new, very personal history. After the first impression has been made and buried in files or drawers, and the original tale is no longer available, the observer may discover new gestures showing through, because the image is, in fact, still living, breathing, and happening. The observer may trust in his or her own perception and immerse in a dialogue with the tale in the present.
The deeper I immerse myself in my work, which means to go deeper within myself, the deeper I move into the unknown. To travel deeper into my work process is like traveling on a white map. Every step is a new mark on that map; it‘s like drawing on a blank sheet of paper, and line by line it will become a drawing.
Most of my images have no titles. I want observers to get in touch with the images so that they will find their own story. I would never name a breath. My wish is that my images are still breathing even though the processes of exposure and developing are done.
Henrieke I. Strecker