Shared Days

series of photographs

Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbruecken, Germany

photograph series on Alu Dibond


Each photograph is based on reflections of dead family members and friends. Starting point for the project was a research of Saarbruecken’s Old Cemetry. Founded in 1851, a few antique graves of prominent families are present until today. Like fading memories, the cemetry’s former functionality transformed gradually into a recreational park. The gravures of the left tomb stones are withering with every year. Steadily, all engraved memories washes away.

I sat down and began to write about lost family members and friends. Four scripts emerged that described the relationships we had. I handed one script each to a today’s friends for reading. A few weeks later, we would meet again and reflect on the echo that had emerged from reading. With my audio recorder I copied our talks onto the hard disk. Listening repeatedly to the audios, I started working on photographs with a macro lens attached and slipped happily back into past shared days.