THE VENUS SITTINGS
Project info

An average of 360 seconds per portrait in warlike circumstances as in hundreds of men with big cameras and even bigger flashes surrounding me like hyenas as I was setting up my shoot in the mids of booths and stages at one of Europe's biggest Erotic Trade show; Venus with over 30.000 visitors. The concept of my sittings was to create a nonsexual space, a place of rest for just a few seconds. I was curious to find out who was able to leave his or her character for a brief moment. I had to be fast so that those flashlights would not ruin my picture which of course they did at times. I had to find a corner away from the crowds in order to shoot. Although most everybody I shot was in a rush, that was especially true for all performers, everybody was truly focused and drawn in to my moment. I shot performers, sex workers, exhibitors, visitors and models. I have about 40 portraits which all have one thing in common; they are seated in an upright posture. I shot on 3 consecutive days in 2015 and 2016. I first shot a b&w documentary in 2014, which was published in Berlin Newspaper; http://www.tagesspiegel.de/suchergebnis/fotostrecken/?sw=venus.