In “Mutters Schuhe”, Nina Röder presents a shared, metamorphosis of three generations of women — her grandmother, her mother, and herself — all pictured in an environment that reflects a particular story (memory) she’s heard about her mother’s life.

These questions are approached through performative experminents rather than through an explanation of the complex metamorphosis of memories in general. The photos were shot in old rooms in Röder’s mother’s childhood home in the Franconian province. The clothes the three women are wearing are original clothes that belonged to Röder’s mother and are narratively connected to each referenced moment.

—Nina Röder

Editor’s Note: This series was a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014. Discover all of the winners and finalists — an impressive array of portraits from many points of view.