Oh, the sweet macabre! Elena Helfrecht is a German artist whose artworks reminded me of Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Von Trier’s The Antichrist. Her darkling photography is far away from an evil-looking one. The blood and ashes means transformation, rebirth, not death. As she says on her website, Elena found her influences in the Bavarian folklore and it’s deep benighted forests. “Starting with drawing she soon discovered photography and developed a great passion for it. Over many years she taught herself everything she knows about photography now”.
The purpose of Elena Helfrecht’s photography is not to show the shallow, artificial perspective over human body (as many erotica photographers do these days), but to take a closer look at what makes as human, by getting beyond the mainstream meanings of beauty; the human being blending into nature.