As a photographer, artist, and poet, where do you draw your inspiration?
I see the world as a living symbolic dream so each day offers new inspiration and I suppose as most humans, I respond to what feels resonant within my own Spirit. I have developed this kind of relationship with the world around me in which visual symbols feel deeply metaphorical and meaningful for my life. I find the most inspiration in nature and in human patterns. Since I spend the most time with my own patterns, I often explore those through my art. My experience is that making art lends itself to expanding my awareness of what is possible in life despite of and because of those patterns. I am also deeply inspired by other artists whose work is transparent in such a way that there is a space to find yourself in it also.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I like this series because it was the first time I wrote poems to go with my photos: http://cicatrixpublishing.com/poems-pictures-by-jennifer-lothrigel/.
Photography can be a very process-heavy medium. Can you tell us a little about your process from concept to development of your photos?
It’s always unplanned, intuitive, and spontaneous. It starts always from within, whether an inspiration or something emotional that has been triggered and needs expression. And then I just explore. The end product is typically much different than I thought it would be. I have full trust that if I just start exploring it will all come together. I often feel like I’m just following the guidance of the creative process, eventually we get somewhere that I like aesthetically and that emotionally feels complete.
Your photographs have strong and dramatic lighting and contrast. Can you tell us about what draws you to that aesthetic?
In these photos in particular, I intentionally sought out that type of lighting where there was hard edges and a defined space of light. I hadn’t really thought about that until you mentioned it. I would say I was needing to create a container for the still life that I was exploring inside each space. Even just saying that makes me feel some emotion.
You mentioned being an intuitive healer. This is reflected in some of your titles, such as “Harmony.” How does this influence the creation of your art and photography?
There is a heightened sensory gift that I suppose I was born with and that has been fine tuned in my work as a healer. I feel like everything has its own language and there is always deeper understanding in everything. As a healer, I have to be go past all of my own ideas about a thing, and to help the other person do the same so that we can find a place where healing can happen. It requires so many beautiful things to get to that place – holding a space of non-judgement, listening with heightened sensory attention, trusting that when the time is right we will get there, having deep compassion for the intricacies and wounds that all humans possess.