We were sitting in a dimly lit room packed full of people the first time I heard Rahel sing. Accompanied by her band that consisted of a cellist, a painist, and a basist, she led the audience into an evening of full-bodied sounds and melodies that one could wrap up into with a fleece blanket. Her warm, Brazilian-jazz inspired vocals paired seamlessly with her original lyricas that were unlike anything I’d heard yet in Switzerland, and I found myself watching her and arriving in my head at the places she was singing into being. The words nature, light, movement, melancholy, earth, and freedom come to my mind when I think on the songs, and I remember being so moved and impressed with the music that I didn’t want it to be over. Luckily I have had the pleasure of getting to know Rahel these past few years and I always enjoy when I find myself in the same room with her and her microphone.
Naturally, when Rahel came to me about doing portraits for her upcoming EP release, I wanted so badly to capture a part of the musical experience with the images. It was the most important thing for both of us. Looking at the photos now I am thankful for the opportunity to have captured not only someone whom I greatly admire as an artist but also as a friend, as well as the chance to contribute to her moving forward into what I know will be a fruitful and exciting music career.