I have dodged lightning and thieves. I am somewhere in between the star Vega and a piano depiction of a Paul Verlaine poem.
German-born Still and Motion Photographer, Writer, aviation enthusiast, dual citizen, Founder of Paper Letter Exchange.
For a period of 3 years I traveled to every US major city that had a mass transportation system with my former position at the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. An assignment placed me a few blocks from the World Trade Center towers in downtown NYC on 9/11/01. A series of film photographs I subsequently took were published in a book as part of a larger collection by Harper-Collins and raised money for the NYC Firefighters Victim Burn Center. US Dep’t of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta honored me with a certificate of Outstanding Achievement. My photographs went on a year-long 9-city national tour before being inducted into the NY Public Library for permanent archive in 2004.
Since leaving the government sector behind in Washington, DC mid-2003, I have been a US-based still + motion photographer and writer for a range of publications. I had studied illustration and filmmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA where I minored in creative writing. I am currently based outside of Philadelphia although my dual citizenship with Germany & the EU tugs at me! I photograph special events, food and wine, and still life for magazines and advertising both on location and in the studio.
When I am not traveling, I enjoy volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and TEDxWilmington. In late April of 2018, I delivered a TEDx talk on the power of the handwritten letter and started a letter-writing foundation. I reviewed films on an international podcast for two years and have done voiceover work for XM Satellite Radio and others. In my spare time, I love playing the piano, watching espionage films, and working toward my pilot’s license. I am also working on a novel- ask me about it!
Come say hi to me on Instagram: @Alessandra_Official and/or drop me a line at: email@example.com.
TEDx talk, “The Power of Paper Letter Exchange”: youtu.be/hgv3YzkRKTo