'I think people create because of their struggles'

Alexandra Geshel is a photographer from Chicago, IL. Her goal is to make people happy. She particularly enjoys capturing people’s favorite artists.

Alexandra got into photography because of her mom, who bought her a camera for her cinematography class and is her biggest form of inspiration. Alexandra: “My mom is my inspiration because she has raised me and my brother as a single mom who made sure I had a camera and I could always get to a concert to shoot it or do something.” The first band she shot was Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. “I’ve been friends with them ever since!” Alexandra says.

A source of happiness

“I personally think people create because of their struggles,” Alexandra says. “I used to be someone who was always sad and depressed and to show how I would feel, I use to paint really dark things.” Photographing makes Alexandra happy, but it can also be a source of stress at times. Alexandra: “If I for instance shoot a show everyday, I get really stressed out and want to have a panic attack. When it’s one or two shows, I get happy because I love seeing what I created.”

“Happiness is when you smile because you are proud of what you are creating and take pride in it”

To Alexandra, happiness means feeling good enough about yourself and your art and ‘no longer crying yourself asleep’. Alexandra: “Happiness is when you smile because you are proud of what you are creating and take pride in it.”

If you want to pick up a form of art, Alexandra thinks you should go for it. “Always keep pushing yourself, no matter what others might say about your decision!”

This interview is part of a series of interviews with artists about mental health in light of the upcoming festival Atlas Black. For more information about Atlas Black, go to: https://www.secretmidnightpress.com/atlasblack

Lieke Ruesink