Today I would like to share the story behind our strange business name. Its origins are, I would say, 95% extremely poetic and another 5% punny.
Since I can remember, my brain was a bit hyper-associative when it comes to the sound, spelling and meaning of words. Speaking four languages and growing up with a bunch of punny cousins, you have no idea about the circus going on upstairs for me whenever I hear a word that could potentially be twisted into something else. They all can be twisted, really.
Five years ago, I needed a name for my newly founded photography business. I was very excited about my new beginnings there, but also felt a bit jaded about love at the time (I hadn't met Doruk yet!). So I read lots of poems by my favourite writer, Rainer Maria Rilke, who lived from 1875 to 1926. I wrote some of my favourite poems down with my calligraphy pen, made some drawings and hung them up around my office to bring some good thoughts in.
The poem titled 'Again and again, however we know the landscape of love' was my favourite. I typed it up for you guys today and added a cute stag, see above picture. The poem gave me so much hope because it spoke of new lovers who have the courage to full-heartedly give a relationship a shot, despite having known pain and hardships in love (the abyss!) in the past.
When I thought about my new business and whose love stories I want to tell through my photos, I thought that I would very much like it to be people like the ones in the poem. People who know life and who throw themselves into love with courage, aware of the 'dangers', but not letting that get in the way. I admire that and I have been able to do it myself when I met Doruk.
Each couple has their own landscape of love and that's what I want to capture with my photos. It then didn't take long for me to play around with potential business names. I had the written poem hanging in front of me, I knew I wanted to capture landscapes of love... love landscapes, but with a camera (lens), so 'Lovelenscapes' was born.
I googled it and found out that no one else's brain had come up with it before. I didn't know if that meant I was a genius or that it was a really weird word, but I have loved the name from the start, mostly for the meaning behind it and its reference to Rilke's poem.
Now you know it, in case you ever wondered. Feel free to leave us a comment and tell us what you're thinking. Without comments, it feels like talking to an empty room. Say hello :)