ONE WAY TICKET: In 2011 i got an email from our friend Emilius from lithuania on a tuesday night.
He wrote: „Hey, I am flying into germany on saturday and bring a friend. She is interested in photography. We have to see how it works out with health insurance and residence permit„
What???? :-/ ??????????????????????????????
What do you mean „i bring a friend along“ ????? ☁ ☂ In four days???
I was confused. So he really meant, coming over with a girl to STAY PERIOD at my house without me ever seeing her before ??????
I replied an email asking to see an application and cv of this „unknown girl“ and „she“ (a 19year old girl named Ruta) send it. It was written nice and it read impressive. Only best grades (i mean only 1,1,1,1,1,1,2,1,1 type genius grades).
She must be a „super brain“ i thought, but will she have the eye and style for photography? Will she be able to work hard and carry heavy gear ?
What happens if she will get homesick and cry a lot? What if, What if, What if…!!!
Our friend Emilius came flying into Bremen Airport alongside this young girl. Ruta stayed, after Emilius left, with me and my family. She was not talking very much.
First weeks were awkward for me. Until then i was working without any personel responsibility. But soon we found our way towards each other and became friends. Speaking in fragments of english, body language, tapping and dancing foreign words and a lot of sheepishly smiling, we started to build a relationship.
I am not a „natural born talented photographer trainer“ and everyone who knows me, from my own apprentice time 10 years ago, would laugh if they hear that Jenny Giesbrecht is going to be a „photography education trainer“. (i mean they would laugh really, really loud and i know because i would laugh along
But i had to step out of my comfort zone, knowing Ruta would stay for a year as my intern.
Not knowing that this girl would reveal something in me, i could not even imagine by then.
She fitted right in and my two kids adopted her as her „big sister from Lituania“
Time went by and after 9 month, Ruta was talking about going home and signing up in the Lituanian University in Vilnius to study either photography, mathematics or psychology. Recently she had taken our family pictures and we felt something is coming up.
I thought: What if…………..we will be an „official photography education studio“ and offer Ruta a three year training in the typical german dual eduaction system? Would that be a better offer than learning about photography in the university not touching a camera in years?
Would a „hands on daily training“ help her more, then knowing about photography only in her head?
So we talked this through and checked the bases to be an „official photography training studio“. I connected with the government officials and had them visit me in my studio.
They government official came and checked four major items
1. My Education– I needed to show my finished education diploma in Photography-Check positive ✓
2. A Photography Studio– work environment to train photographers-Check positive ✓
3. Seven years of experience in my photography career-Check positive ✓
4. Approved Eduaction license that officially allows me, to train young people according to german education law- Check –negative
So i started my Education license in Bielefeld and finished this too. Check positive ✓-
Got my education permit and allowance to „officialy educate future photographers“ and by that meaning the complete way. Every day for three years!
So Ruta came without any warning, with a „one way ticket“ but we are both sure, that we are a godly given gift to each other, to my family and to my Photography.
She will be a very good photographer someday.
With her unique style, technicaly strong and business wise able to make a good living of her art!
Stay tuned! Soon you will see her first projects
Jenny Giesbrecht- Fotografin-
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