I was born in summer of 1973 in Saalfelden/Salzburg/Austria, grew up in the mountains around Zell am See
and received my photographic training at the Höhere Graphische Bundes-, Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna.
After 20 years of living and working in Vienna, I moved with my family to Vorarlberg.
I look and watch and rest in this very moment and gradually faces, names and landscapes evolve into stories
and my photos emerge. I ask myself how a place where people live and work came to be what it is now, how
it reflects the person inhabiting this place and how - vice versa - that person has formed it. I remember, I open
my ears and eyes and I discern everyday things that make me wonder, that wait to be explored.
I create essays presenting and portraying a place in detail as well as a whole. I want to tell a story, this is why
I am a photographer. And I am constantly looking for like-minded persons for common projects, for a
cooperation in some form or other when the moment is just right. Petra Rainer