When I was a child my father told me that there was a treasure hidden by dwarfs somewhere in our home, an old country estate that had during his childhood and youth harboured a cinema named The Unicorn, a ballroom, a tavern, a farm and a family. The world he showed me was magic, limitless and full of adventures. Objects could be magic and I knew that if I just believed it hard enough I could fly.
I was 8 years old when my father died after a long illness. Since then I have always wanted to reconnect with him.
This work is about my recollecting of memories. In some ways it is an ode to my father and to my own childhood. It speaks of grief and of Nature’s undeniable beauty and strength held deep within us.
My father, an engineer and passionate gardener, also liked to photograph in his spare time. He enjoyed documenting his family. An avid traveler he captured scenes from the countries he visited. Discovering boxes of his diapositives many years later inspired me to use them, together with my own images, to narrate the story of my childhood memories and to honour the lasting bond that I share with my father.
Extended project and book dummy upon request.
This project is a work in progress started in 2020 supported by LFI ( Leica Fotografie International), VG Bild-Kunst and the Cultural Ministry of the Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate, edited by Régina Monfort.