I grew up in an extraordinary place. A wealthy, conservative and deeply catholic town in southern Germany. It is special, because it happens to be one of the most important catholic pilgrimage sites in Europe.
My views on government, immigration and religion in my early teens could have been described as conservative and single minded, but traveling with my family, studying my home countries history and challenging my own prejudices, has made me change my mind, led me to open up and allowed me to accept and cherish different world views.
Having changed my personal stance on cultural, political and religious issues, has made me witness and be part the constant struggle between conservatism and open mindedness, in my local community and everywhere else.
My goal is to enable people, who weren’t as fortunate as myself and weren’t able to experience other cultures and ideologies first hand, to explore different ideas and ways of looking at things. Here, my interest lies on documenting the relationship between the idea of something and the actual reality, because I think and have experienced, that the two are often completely different, sometimes even the opposite of one another.
Subjectivity and a non-cliché approach are essential for my work. Furthermore, I make use of different photographic techniques, such as 35mm, medium- and large format photography, also digital photography and videography.