University of Westminster, London, (BA Film & Photo Arts)
About Christiane Zschommler
I grew up in the 1960s behind The Berlin Wall, where I was a self-taught photographer taken grainy black and white photographs on my travels through Eastern Europe.
In 1992 I received a grant for 6 months to teach German in London. I felt overwhelmed by the change and unlimited opportunities and resigned my teaching post in Berlin.
For my degree, completing a BA in Photography,I created a series of self-portraits reflecting on The Berlin Wall.
After college I became involved in a variety of creative and collaborative projects.
In 2003 we moved away from London to live on a canal in Surrey.
Most of my photographs from 2013 to 2016 were taken on solitary walks. Restricting myself to the same route feels more like escaping into a thinking space. It seems this process acts as a catalyst for triggering memory’s. Writing these down was the beginning of keeping notebooks. With my recent work I continue to focus on my experiences of totalitarianism, using my notebooks as starting point.