Each person sooner or later asks the question “Who am I?” Many run away from thinking about their lives, and only the daredevils and the brave are ready to face their reality. German photographer Sina Domke recreates this difficult process of introspection in her photographs: her characters wander alone and reflect on their place in the world, on their relationship with a loved one, on the contradictory desire to be free and at the same time to have their own home. Where are they going and where will they eventually come? Known only to them.
Sina Domke is a photographer and art director based in Hamburg, Germany. Domke photographs in the Fine Art style, and her works immerse the viewer in an atmosphere of fabulousness and mysticism, revealing the themes of loneliness and the search for oneself.
According to Sina herself, she “became addicted” to photography in 2013 while studying at the Faculty of Industrial Design. Not because photography was part of Sina’s research, however, but because the future photographer was looking for a balance between client-centered work and self-expression:
“For me photography is a personal form of expression. This is how I can express my feelings, thoughts and experiences. Before taking photographs, I painted to express myself. Photography has brought a completely new artistic level into my life.”
Sina mostly shoots in nature, as the contrast between the model and the landscape is important for the photographer.
“I have always felt a connection with nature. The time when I am outside, photographing and exploring the surrounding landscape is for me an integral part of the photography process. Sometimes I wait for hours for the right light to capture a magical moment. Such moments are very important for me and are an important counterbalance to my everyday urban life.
Domke does not pursue the constant creation of content for his social networks – sometimes it takes months before a photographer is ready to tell the whole story of a photo and sit down to post-edit. Here we are already talking about the other side of Sina’s personality – the side of the artist, when Domke tries not to change the photograph, but to enhance the effect of what is depicted.
“Each of my paintings tells a story, with each I associate a certain feeling. The best compliment for me is when the viewer can also recognize himself in my pictures, ”says Sina.