Biography

silke-mildenberger-2As a child in Switzerland, I had many dreams of what I would be when I grew up….Strangely enough, when the time came to make that decision, I found myself in a profession I disliked and never felt at home in. The advantage was that it allowed me to live anywhere in the world, and to find employment wherever I went.After some time, though, I realized that I wanted to be a physical therapist. This decision caused me to leave Paris, my home of several years, and to move to Germany, where I began my studies.

Before starting my studies, however, I went with my childhood friend, Tanya, to Newfoundland, Canada. On this journey, I experienced the joy of photography for the first time.
In school, photography became for me a way to relax and take my mind off my studies for a time. It also allowed me to really discover the beauty of the area of the Black Forest region. My newly chosen profession was more exciting and rewarding than I had ever imagined a job could be. Upon graduation, I started to specialize in Neuro-Pediatrics.

However, when I moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2000, I found that I could not work in physical therapy in this country without a great deal of additional training. At that point I decided to turn my hobby into a new profession-creating greeting cards using images I had captured on film. I was often asked if I had any larger photos and I soon discovered that I could produce large and colorful images which leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer. My pictures today depict the easily missed beauty along life’s pathways. I often overhear people trying to guess what my images might be, and I believe all of their guesses to be correct. I love to discover colors and patterns in everyday objects, set them in a new context, out of their usual setting, and give them new meaning. There are no limits to our fantasy. I am a painter with a camera; I love to play with colors, shapes and patterns. Playfulness is too often lost in our daily lives.Today, most of my prints are large. I enjoy trying to enlarge my images as much as possible, using as many different processes as I can. I have found that I can do this on photo paper, canvas, or watercolor paper as Giclee Prints. Technology today allows the combining of details of a photograph with the rich texture of canvas or watercolor paper.All of my images are taken on 35mm slide or print film with natural light, and when I leave an area, it is just as I found it.My work has been displayed in numerous galleries in the Southwest. Clients are private collectors, international corporations and financial institutions.