THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH AT SEVEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING
Project info

No staging, no posing. Snapshots from real life, at home, while playing, after school, at sports, during shopping… A visual sociology of childhood in dramatic and engaging black and white images. As a silent observer, I feel the daily here and now of my two children, today nine and six years old. Not as a father, but as a photographer. For children, life is an adventure every day. But what is it like to be a child? What was it like to be a child? When you don’t have to worry about yesterday or tomorrow? When you just live for the moment? For adults childhood often seems like a desirable and endlessly ongoing time in life full of love, joy and safety, but from a child’s perspective it is also a rollercoaster of emotions, an eternal struggle between the child’s dependence and need for autonomy, self-discovery, fear, happiness, pain, hope and self-doubt. Often the emotional state of a child suddenly changes at a moment’s notice. But it is everyday life that determines the lives of my children. I try to capture these unique moments in an honest way, as they come up in a natural manner. I don’t ask my sons to pose for me. As I keep a camera on hand as often I can, I am able to record their life in a fluid way. For me, this long-term project is about the core of photography: to capture the transitory in the contemporary, to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and thus to allow new perspectives on the known and finally to give subjective insights into family life that are universal at the same time. So these images are candid — not staged — but always unique.

A photobook dummy is now available (elaborated with Wolfgang Zurborn, 116 pages, 63 photographs).