Loretta Lux
[Photographer, b. 1969, Dresden, Germany, lives in Dublin, Ireland.]

 [My subjects] look lost because that is how I see life. I think we are all a bit lost, lost in a world we can’t understand. 
 I trained as a painter, and I still love painting, but eventually I became aware that the physical aspect of painting didn’t really suit me. I didn’t enjoy working in the medium. It’s very messy. I prefer to have it clean, with a nice computer. 
 The images are compositions of photos superimposed over painted backgrounds, then finished off with digital alterations. 
 I still think as a painter—especially in terms of structuring a picture... I carefully choose the models, costumes, requisites, and backdrops of my photographs. 
 My pictures are not really about the children that I photograph. They’re more like actors in a film. I think you can always recognize the children, but they are alienated from their real appearance and become more like metaphors. 
 I use different media, but I still think as a painter. I organize my forms and colors on a screen like a painter does on a canvas. 
 Childhood has been idealised as a lost garden paradise to which we can never return. We are excluded from this world of carelessness, innocence and unity. But the imaginary kingdom is nothing more than a projection of adult ideas and concerns onto the image, an expression of our own yearnings. By photographing children alone, divorced from any social setting, I allow them to exist on their own...I am exploring the equivocal connection between self and world. 
 Usually I work with a digital camera and compose my works digitally or give them a finish on the computer, in order to make them meet my ideas perfectly.