“Dear Susanna, I’m very sorry”

In June 2018 I was assigned with documenting the aftermath of the murder and alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by an asylum seeker in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Together with the editors at Die Zeit and an amazing team of journalists in the field we made a conscious decision to keep a visual distance from the case and to refrain from photographing the young peers of the victim and the murderer. I spend the weekend following the discovery of the body revisiting the crime scene and other places connected to the crime trying to provide a calm and gentle view on the aftermath in a time of heated discussions about immigration and the hideous instrumentalisation of events like this by far-right organizations.

Personal Project

“I held my breath and drove through a maze of wealthy homes. I watched how green the trees were. I watched the steep walkways and the white fences. I gripped the wheel. I sweated against the leather. I watched the dogs twist through the wealthy garden. I watched you lay on a towel in grass that exceeded the height of your legs. I gazed into reflective eyes. I cried against an ocean of light.
Crippled by the cushion, I sank into sheets frozen by rose petal toes. My back shivered for your pressed granite nails. Dishonest and ugly through the space in my teeth. Break bones down to yellow and crush gums into blood. The hardest part for the weak was stroking your fingers with rings full of teeth ... It's 5 A.M ... and my heart flourishes at each passing moment.
Always and forever."

Deafheaven – Sunbather

The Architecture Of Fear
Bachelor Thesis
2015 — 2016

“It is intolerable to have one’s own sufferings twinned with anybody else’s.” – Susan Sontag

The middle east probably is the world‘s most photographed conflict zone. After all these years of war, spontaneous uproars of violence and periods of relative calm, photojournalists from all over the world have already taken all pictures. The sheer abundance of visual material – in retrospect – results in redundancy.
During two visits to Israel as a part of a partnership between my hometown Ingelheim (Germany) and Afula (Israel) in 2005 and 2007 and especially during my exchange semester at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2015 I was ultimately confronted with the constant feeling of fear and uncertainty in the Israeli society through the people I met and of whom a few would later become some of my best friends.

As I have lived in a shared flat just around the corner from the place that once housed a Sbarro restaurant where in 2001 a terrorist killed 15 civilians,

I began to read on the violent history and present of Israel and by that started to understand what I saw. Concrete blocks with tiny windows docked to houses in the southern and northern parts of the country, plaques engraved with names and dates in public spaces, metal posts in front of bus stops, railway lines that were planned in a military way of thinking ...

THE ARCHITECTURE OF FEAR tries to add a new vantage point to the pile of pictures in front of us. By focusing strictly on the Israeli side of the conflict I chose to shed a little more light on the strong participant in what is going on in Israel and Palestine.
My pictures are not meant to be seen in comparison to what Palestinians go through living their lives. I‘m offering some more details, possibilities to ponder over what we think about all this.

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