Desert Mama- Who is Anja and where can we find her? Tell us about yourself:

Anja- I’m a free spirit, a friendly wolf who wants to feel the pulse of the earth and strengthen freedom in the social fabric. A w(a)ondering soul not glued to places and jobs, openminded to try something new every day, but with a never ending passion for painting harmony through photography.

An unconditional nomad that can find infinite joy in the colorplay of nature and the great wide open.

DM- How and when did the love for photography come about?

A- Back in the days at high school I had the chance to join a photography workshop with the opportunity of using a darkroom. At that time it was all about film photography, mostly black and white.

From my earliest memories I was fascinated by the power of storytelling through images, and a dream came true being able to create my own world. Images I already carried in my mind during long walks in nature, daydreaming my very own freedom, making a normally hidden place suddenly visible. Somehow expressing myself in a secret language, tangible for those who wanted to feel. 

DM- What inspires your art?

A- There is no pattern I follow, it is a feeling that instantly unfolds inside of me and that I let flow. Captured by colors and interplays of caressing light, softening raw edges, cutting distractions away, to pour harmony over the scenery. A moment the soul lights up in a state of relaxed happiness. I let my senses guide me, getting lost in the scenery and enjoying these silent conversations. 

DM- What do you like to convey with your photos?

A- Making visible how I see the world, the wonderful gift given to us that unfolds nature every day, everywhere, even at the most remote places.

This world needs no human to shine in the brightest light to enchant us. My photographs getting charged with this surplus in order to make it conspicuous. I don’t want to manipulate, just showing the truth, getting involved with these places, let them tell their stories and show the respect they deserve. 

DM- Whose work has influenced you most?

A- It all started with the soft focus style of David Hamilton, an escapist aesthetic. The hippie desire to escape from a dysfunctional present. A hermetic world of its own offering a window to return to the uncorrupted garden of eden I was longing for. A daydream sanctuary while finding pubescent answers of who I am.

Getting older Edward Hoppers realistic paintings were touching my soul. His cinematic viewpoint with a mood of eerie stillness and estrangement as well as a strong language of melancholy reflected the way I felt in this world and maybe still does. But I know by this time that I capture my moments for a healing process by restoring the dignity that is to be inviolable. All with a slight imperfection giving the final touches to absolute harmony.

DM- Which of all your photos is your favorite?

A- A motel scene in the Mojave Desert taken on film. I found this place on my first trip to California and ever since it summarizes all my values. 

DM- Where and how would you like to see yourself 10 years from now?

A- Living in the great wide open somewhere in the United States surrounded by fellow artists of all colors and crafts, creating a world where dreams come true, gently carried by love and peace. Just celebrating the gift of life.

DM- What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer for you?

A- The self healing and relaxing power by focusing on my mind and getting lost in time and space. 

Also connecting with such amazing, beloved artists from all over the world like you, dear Laura, a precious treasure, thank you darling.

DM- Your happiest childhood memory:

A- Playing table tennis with my wonderful granny, although she could hardly walk anymore, it was her passion to bring joy to this world.

DM- Your best quality and your worst defect:

A- Encouraging others to fulfill their dreams.

-Not laughing enough 

DM- What makes you angry:

A- Dishonest, disrespectful people.

DM- What do you do for fun?

A- Roaming around in nature with friends or on my own.

DM- A success and a failure:

A- Not having subordinated myself to conformities.

-You never fail until you stop trying (still trying).


– A phrase: A gentle woman enjoys and never tells.

– A film: Don’t come knocking by Wim Wenders.

– A song: Concrete Wall by Zee Avi.

– A drink: A dark and oaked red wine.

– A book: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

– A city:  Bombay Beach, California (not a city, but the loveliest community).


  • Ten years in a coma / Ten years in jail
  • City life / Country life 
  • Talking to animals / Talking to the dead
  • Having more time / Having more money 
  • Constantly winter / Constantly summer
  • Having a family with 5 kids / Not having kids at all
  • Waking up in a desert / In a boat in the middle of the Ocean
  • Only eating salty food / Only eating sweet
  • Something organized / Something improvised
  • Visiting the past / Visiting the future
  • Being unable to see / Being unable to hear
  • Reality / Fiction
  • Never leaving your city / Not being able to return 
  • Continuing with your life / Restarting your life 
  • Knowing what you will die of / Knowing what day you will 
  • Music concert / Theater play
  • Motorcycle trip / Car trip