All things on this earth are made from stardust. We all have a trace of the same magical particles inside us - call it soul or god or whatever you like. I try to take pictures of the universal parts that make up our world, trying to picture the connection of all things.When I was twelve years old and on vacation in the Alps with my parents I realized for the first time, standing on the top of a mountain, how tiny we humans are and how big and beautiful the world is. This memory seems to be the initial source of all my images, having seen the world with my heart for the first time. The world is beautiful and full of magic…the essence of all things not hiding behind things but right here, in everything – as German poet Hermann Hesse describes it in his famous book “Siddhartha”.
Ever since my first camera, a 6x6 Rolleiflex, I have been in love with the square format of medium format film. I still use a medium format twin lens reflex camera and negative film. I like working in book formats, letting the flow of my images from page to page in the layout create a river of communication. Materials are very important to me: textures of fine-art paper, old-fashioned hand-bound books and prints with soft natural colors make my work palpable and personal.
After working on this project in Japan, Scotland, Peru and the United States where I let myself be guided by moments and things I find on my explorations I have recently turned to a more conceptual approach, working on a series about people’s longing for the lost oneness we knew before our birth.