This is a love story. A love story about how my greatest hobby allows me to learn about life and about myself. A love story that started traveling. And remained.
My first camera I got when I was 7 years old. We moved to Vienna and I had the first school excursion. Discovering Vienna!
My mom put in a new film for me because I wanted to take the camera on this city excursion.
I remember being so amazed by this new city and how different it looked than where I come from. I was pulling the film and pressing the shutter at every little detail I liked along the way.
No thinking, just doing. Following my desire to memorize those moments of joy and discovery.
At the end of the city trip I went home with the full film. I remember my moms angry face because I had finished the whole film …
After some time we developed the film. 36 frames. My first roll.
The pictures weren’t anything special (my mom must have them somewhere in her photo albums, need to look after them next time I visit her). They were quite boring I’d say.
But what was truly changing and incredibly beautiful for me, was that I was able to express. As through language I couldn’t because I didn’t speak German at that time (and for many years after).
I could create memories of how I saw the world. It allowed me to show what I felt. And still does.
Since then photography has remained a very important and beautiful companion for me. It followed me through all the beautiful times and the not so beautiful ones and through it I could express all the emotions that came along while life was happening …
Trying to capture a feeling in space and time, the feeling that makes you feel alive and present.
Shoot the world to learn about yourself!
We’ve become a visual culture and photography is a powerful form of visual expression, available to everyone.
What can we learn through the act of making?
It allows us a glimpse into our own mind – both its surface and its depths. In Zen tradition, practitioners make a distinction between the thinking mind and the observing mind — the mind’s witness.
The mind, in other words, can observe itself. The mind is associative, constantly making connections to past experiences, previous understandings, and its backlog of impressions from direct perception.
Aprox. 75-80% (at least) of the mind’s contents are unconscious, usually unavailable to conscious reasoning. Art can help you bring up content from your sub-conscious mind.
We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us. – Ralph Hattersley, Discover Your Self Through Photography
To observe the chaotic contents of our own mind, we sometimes need help. Art can give you the assistance you need. Keeping a daily journal of thoughts and impressions, writing freely, can help shake loose the wild mind.
Uncover your being through art/photography
Taking photographs daily of everything that catches your attention can uncover your sympathies, antipathies, your unconscious complexes expressed in metaphor and symbol, as well as the seeds of your genuine being.
Try it. Photograph daily for a month or two and observe the stream of consciousness found in those activities. NO judging, just observing!
Over time, you will find patterns and connections and understandings previously unavailable to the surface mind.
Enjoy the journey to YOUrself.
Photographs by me since 2007