I always carry around and develop new ideas for photographic stories I want to tell. Some of those I have already developped to a certain point of implementation. Others still need some research and planning before they can go into implementation.
Telling visual stories is not just grabbing my camera and shoot. It requires quite some preparation work, reading material, searching for contacts and locations, organizing meetings and scheduling the specific shootings.
The following list gives a short info about the situation of each project in my visual storytelling pipeline and links to the specific project pages.
New concepts of coexistance
The worldwide pandemic situation due to the Corona virus made evident that our present form of life and social arrangements was coming to limits. Especially in our „western“ societies politics have taken over responsibilities that are going much further into basic human rights than they should. Individuals and local communities have lost practice and abilities to organise their coexistence by democratic measures. Globalization has changed perspectives and also our focus on basic and suitable needs.
This book project is going to analyse various alternative forms of co-living in Germany, from rural to urban environments, from open communities to closed communes. It is intended to show different practical cases with its strengths and flaws, but without judging their values.
As this book is focussing on the German market, all further material will only be available in German language.
Originally, the field work for this book was planned for May to July of 2020. But due to the Covid19 lockdowns travelling to the countries of Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina was not possible in this time. As my field work is depending also of harvest times of the yerba I have to postpone this project to 2021.
“PULQUE” revival of an ancient drink
This visual story was originally foreseen for after the “mateando” project. But with the present travel limitations (see above) this project also has to wait for more convenient times. Harvest time for pulque is twice per year. So I will have to schedule my visits for this project accordingly.
“KIDS of the HABESH” how they see their world
This project grew out of an initiative of a close friend of mine. He is suporting a Roma slum in eastern Slovakia. He once took me with him to deliver some goods friend of this project always collect to support the families living there. So I could see the advancements this initative achieved over the years. The project is working especially with kids and mothers of the slum. With the link to the specific page you will soon find some ideas for my visual storytelling project. A first impression about the local conditions you can find on this blog post. The follow-up on this project will also have to wait for suitable travel times.