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THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH...

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 children. Not as a father, but as a photographer. A visual sociology of childhood in dramatic and engaging black and white images.

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). The dummy is currently on show at the Athens Photo Festival 2018.

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, Aint-Bad Magazine, on streetphotography.com, and on lensculture.com.