Work

“Walking Belfast” is a personal portrait of Belfast. It focuses on apparently insignificant details and moments. Walk down every street I explored Belfast’s diversity and my  connection to it. I noticed how my perception of the city changed during the project. Aware of this transition I captured what I ­recognised as familiar or typical ­of Belfast’s flair and kept challenging my ­approach, searching for stranger aspects and areas of the city. Despite knowing about Belfast’s troubled past, I focused my work on personal experiences of my ­daily life in ­Belfast. Even if I can relate to the dull atmosphere in some parts of Belfast, the intention of “Walking ­Belfast” is to understand and capture the small things defining Belfast’s flair and the way I perceived it as my home.


What I love about Belfast is its diversity. Within the many different areas you’ll still find diverse atmospheres and ways of living. Compared to cities in Germany Belfast is less organised and the contrast within the city makes it so interesting to photograph. Every day I could go and find something new and unexpected, no matter how much time I’ve spent wandering around. Traces left by people, small things telling about their lives. Some you’d only recognise when the light is on them in a certain way. Belfast isn’t pretty but it feels like it’s home and the people living in it create there own little personal spaces and individual beauty.

       

          

         

Home Shift

home (noun)   the place where we live

home  (verb)    returning to a place  by instinct

Home Shift explores the connection between the place of our everyday life and the emotional meaning of “home”. Asking what we physically and emotionally need to feel “at home”.  “Home”  is constantly shifting, dissolving and redefining it self — shaped by our changing lifestyles, social environment and self perception. Is “home” defined by a certain mind set that allows a special attachment to a place? Feeling “home” can imply an intimate bonding to and the intense awareness of one place. But we might also experience the dampening of our conscious interaction with our surroundings and emotions through everyday routines and habit. 

If we are aware of our environment and emotional reaction, small things, perceived subconsciously and based on personal experience, can allow us to feel sheltered and give us a sense of belonging.  We have consciously or unconsciously developed little personal ways that help us to create a “sense of home”. 

“home”  might not alway be defined as one certain place so we can “feel home” at more places at the same time and  where we decide to stay to find happiness and purpose.

Series of in-camera double exposures on expired 35 mm film.

A self experiment about lucid dreams. Can we interact with our subconscious? I tried to explore the deeper layers of perception.

The unconscious mind is often viewed as an enemy, sabotaging our conscious desires and manipulating our reactions. The unconscious decides where memories are stored, sometimes hiding certain ones that have strong negative emotions until one is mature enough to process them consciously.

Lucid dreaming is one way to interact with the subconscious and to explore the deeper layers of perception. The aim in lucid dreaming is to identify dreams as dreams and therefore provide the possibility to shape them more fully through the imagination. One way to gain awareness is by questioning and observing reality during the day to become conscious about the smallest abnormalities that would indicate a dream.

In conscious perception, memory intervenes in the dreams and prolongs a plurality of moments and sensations into one single intuition. This might be the emotion that stays  in the subconscious mind as a feeling such as a connection between memory’s and future moments. Being the opposite of a Déjà-vécu it includes a similar intense clarity of the present moment. During experimenting with the subconscious mind, reality seems to be transcended, shifting between different levels of consciousness. Transcending means creating encounters between the consciousness and the perception of landscapes using an intuitive approach to place. I was searching for places i felt intuitively drawn to and that  triggering the same emotion as I experienced during my experiments with lucid dreaming.