Petra Jaenicke | Poetic Explorations of Beth

Beth is not a portrait of a single woman, but is an emerging lyrical archetype guiding my exploration into the aesthetic echos of female poetry and strength in the context of art photography.
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© Petra Jaenicke | Fade out into presence, from Beth – Poetic Explorations

The images belong to the series Beth - Poetic Explorations. The photos digitally merged in several layers. In this process, surreal coloring and double exposures are essential techniques used to address the simultaneity of the world and its interpretation. The images tell a story about Beth as a identity who personifies a poetic utopia of the sensual world experience.

© Petra Jaenicke | Light under skin, that powders by a touch, from Beth – Poetic Explorations


Beth is not a portrait of a single woman, but is an emerging lyrical archetype guiding my exploration into the aesthetic echos of female poetry and strength in the context of art photography. My quest is for an expression of emancipated femininity, with entails an independent vibrancy as well as the courage to be vulnerable and emotional. Beth moves through the landscapes of my surreal imagery, which tells of vitality, longings, magic and fantasies. She is daring, almost always successful in her endeavours, and has the prowess to command her visions and follow the language of her heart.

© Petra Jaenicke | And if, did I breathe differently, from Beth – Poetic Explorations


I create new poetic worlds that invite the viewer to come in and experience beautiful ways of seeing their potential. But, my images are not supposed to look esthetic, they are supposed to make you feel something. Beth personifies the utopia of sensual world experience, an all-encompassing state that unites emotions, body and spirit. A physical and spiritual unity that goes hand in hand with intuitive sensual aspects of humanity and womanhood, which is unfortunately still suppressed in many ways in our culture and society. My images are counter-proposals to the conventional way of representing and perceiving women as objects resulting from a patriarchal culture dominanted by reason. In this sense, these works are an expression of my struggle for a feminine identity which also nourishes the potential for social change.

© Petra Jaenicke | Learnd to meet danger as water, from Beth – Poetic Explorations


After my media design and photography studies, I worked for many years in the multidisciplinary field of art direction, film direction and photography. After that, I redesign my life, and I worked even a long time as a teacher and in teacher training and had nothing to do with art or photography. Since 2016 I finally made a long-cherished dream come true. Now I am happy to be able to work only in the field of experimental photography and mixed-media-art.



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