Voyage LA

I'm excited to announce that Lucie Aleks Photography was featured in Voyage LA Magazine!

Here is an excerpt from the interview about how I initially got into photography.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My passion for photography originated in my father’s veins. He had an old, Russian Lubitel Twin Lens 6×6 Medium Format camera. That vintage camera was my first and favorite toy, and I grew up exploring life through its lens. When I was thirteen, I watched my parents buy a 35mm camera for my cousin as a birthday gift. My jealousy did not subside until his interests turned elsewhere, and he passed the camera down to me. This is when I officially began developing prints for both myself and other people. My room was so small that I turned my family’s bathroom into a darkroom. Their memories of my childhood consist mainly of me being behind a camera or in that bathroom developing the prints.

I think that the motivating force behind turning my passion into my profession is my deep love for people. I love trying to read the subtle expressions in people’s faces. I love their unpredictability, their unique differences, and who they become in front of my camera. Photography is my way of capturing an aspect of their character and recording the instant in which they reveal themselves. I have always had a really good visual memory and my photography is an extension of that. It’s just how my mind has always worked. Sharing my photography allows me to show others how I see the world so that they can see it too. That connection between me and the camera, or the camera and the subject, or even the photo and the viewer is what makes my photography different.

Check out the full article here!



Resort Theresienstadt from the life of vacationers (2012)

The Resort (2012), is a documentary film that I worked on as an editor. The documentary is based on Terezin, one of the first concentration camps of World War II, used by the Nazis as a way station before sending jewish prisoners on to one of the many extermination camps. Described to the public as an "exemplary German camp for the re-education of Jewish citizens" this camp perpetuated propaganda in order to dispel the horrific rumours about extermination camps.

"The film gives individual faces and personalities to some of those who entered the camp and who were able to maintain their optimism and humanity through the misery and death surrounding them. They managed to save their own lives against all odds. The stories are not only of personal survival; they also reveal how the small city of Terezin had been turned into a transit camp for than 150,000 Jews and gained the name 'Little Zionist Experiment' by being host to one of the strangest and most horrific perpetrations of humanity ever inflicted on the Jewish people and how their wilful creative spirit rose above it." - Galina Kalashnikova

You can watch the trailer to this documentary here.