Elena Helfrecht was born in Bavaria in 1992 and grew up on the countryside. In 2014 she finished her bachelor’s degree in Art History; as a photographer she is self-taught.
“Photography helps me cope with mental illness – I like to call it a peaceful exorcism. I am constantly inspired by what I studied; I visit a lot of exhibitions and spend most of my money for artbooks.My photographs come unfiltered and straight out of my core. They are personal and subjective, yet they show deep human concerns many of us are familiar with, but only few speak of. Nothing fascinates me more than our consciousness, so humans and what defines them are the focus of my work. I like to see bodies as books one can read in. Every mark, scar or muscle tension tells a story of its own.“