As a boy growing up in the '70s-'80s behind the iron curtain of the cold war - East Berlin - I would daydream of all the far away and mysterious places people of the Eastern (communist) bloc were not allowed to visit. The longing for discovery was manifested in long hours and days spent with my postcard, coin and record collections from all corners of the globe, or reading books with stories about places I wished to be able to see with my own eyes.
This body of work is an attempt to reconstruct the visuals of my childhood dreams when my mind started wandering, driven by a politically suppressed Wanderlust.
Today I am living in a far away from home place.
I live and work in South East Asia since more than 15 years now.
Certainly my curiosity for distant places and the willingness to explore to an extent of leaving home and actually live in those places has it’s roots in these childhood years.
All taken photographs for this series are of foreign looking sceneries or objects but are missing a factual definition of place and time since these are a boy’s imaginations of places he has never been to.
Often these scenes are not only referring to a distant physical place but rather point to an unknown state of mind with blurry references to unexplored cultural or religious elements.
The chosen dream sequences deliberately vary widely in tonality and subject in order to express the erratic nature of adolescent boyhood dreams in a suppressed environment while the format of instant film holds them together as a unified body of work.
This series is an ongoing project that will grow with me through my lifetime.
It somehow functions as the artistic centrepiece that explains who I am as a person and holds a link to other storylines told in different formats.