No staging, no posing. Snapshots from real life, at home, while playing, after school, at sports, during shopping... As a silent observer, I feel the daily here and now of my two children, today nine and six years old. Not as a father, but as a photographer. For children, life is an adventure every day. But what is it like to be a child? What was it like to be a child? When you don’t have to worry about yesterday or tomorrow? When you just live for the moment? For adults childhood often seems like a desirable and endlessly ongoing time in life full of love, joy and safety, but from a child’s perspective it is also a rollercoaster of emotions, an eternal struggle between the child’s dependence and need for autonomy, self-discovery, fear, happiness, pain, hope and self-doubt. Often the emotional state of a child suddenly changes at a moment’s notice. But it is everyday life that determines the lives of my children. I try to capture these unique moments in an honest way, as they come up in a natural manner. I don’t ask my sons to pose for me. As I keep a camera on hand as often I can, I am able to record their life in a fluid way. For me, this long-term project is about the core of (street) photography: to capture the transitory in the contemporary, to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and thus to allow new perspectives on the known and finally to give subjective insights into a young family life that are universal at the same time. So these images are candid — not staged — but always unique.

The shown images are an excerpt a photobook dummy (116 pages, 63 photographs, 297x210mm, thread stichting, printed by Kettler Druck). Concept and Design by Oliver Raschka and Wolfgang Zurborn (Lichtblick School).

Images of this ongoing and long-term project were published in Schwarzweiss Issue 118 / June 2017 (8 pages, 10 images with text / for more information click HERE), in F-Stop Magazine, on and Lensculture.