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Nina Raasch’s Photography Celebrates The Strength And Vulnerability Of Her Subjects

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Nina Raasch’s interest in photography is in her genes. The Berlin-based artist was introduced to the medium through her father and grandfather, as it was both their passions. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera,” she tells IGNANT. “From an early age, whilst other kids around me played with their Barbies, I was photographing, filling up entire photo albums, and discussing framings and techniques with my dad.”

Raasch grew up in London, but like many professional creatives from countries the world over, was drawn to the artistic and cultural scene of Berlin. “High school never really excited me on a creative level,” she says. “I had heard a lot of good things about Lette Verein in Berlin, so I knew as soon as I graduated I would study photography there.” Raasch tried assisting for a short time after finishing school, but quickly realized she needed to do her own thing in order to progress. “This is when I started working freelance as a photographer, intuitively figuring out my own way of doing things,” she admits. For rising names like Raasch, Berlin stands as one of the most appealing cities for creative possibilities and personal expression; its energy knows no limits. Although, the excitement, stimulation, and in particular the nightlife, can often sideline some from their goals. “It’s a city that offers such a relaxed lifestyle, and it can be easy for people to lose track of what they have come here to achieve,” she says. “But if you’re focused and hardworking, Berlin offers something very special. I love this city, its dark humor, its freedom, its artistry, and anonymity.”

Raasch’s photographic style is versatile and doesn’t stick to one visual theme. Although, framing and using light as a tool is a key element to her work. “When I photograph a subject my aim is to celebrate their strengths, whilst also celebrating their vulnerabilities,” she explains. “I also enjoy embracing mistakes and adding weird visual elements to my scenes.” Raasch uses her camera to document not just fashion and editorial work, but also portraits and architectural and landscape photography, for magazines and clients ranging from Nike and Harper’s Bazaar, to Interview Magazine, Wonderland, and Vogue Italia, among others. Her portfolio demonstrates the conviction that fashion photography provides artists with an avenue to experiment on many levels, and in a variety of ways. “Although I feel strange calling myself an artist, there is always an art to what you create,” she says. “I’m inspired by strong female characters that follow their heart, challenge their industries, and fight for what they believe in.” Above all else, Raasch attests that the one thing we need in life is dedication to our respective crafts: “I believe your heart truly needs to be in it, if you want to be successful in whatever it is you decide to do.”

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(c) Nina Raasch for IGNANT
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(c) Nina Raasch for IGNANT
(c) Nina Raasch for IGNANT
(c) Nina Raasch for IGNANT
(c) Nina Raasch for IGNANT
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(c) Nina Raasch for IGNANT

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