The cover photo shows the image „Lockdown“ which was awarded at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020 with "Silver" in Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced.
During this period of the Corona pandemic, most of us are stuck at home. Outside, distance to other people should be kept, social contacts should be minimized, walks only in pairs or with the family. Restaurants, cafes and bars are closed. The hosts have existential concerns.
We live in frames and we see this world in frames. Frames made of our flesh and bones, of our attachments & possessions. Frames made of social conventions, of our biases, of our prejudices. Frames made of our fear, hatred, and misery. They protect us, support us but also constrain and imprison us. They hold us back from seeing what's true and what's beyond the horizon of our mortality, of our limited perspective. But we can escape, we can break those concrete walls, reach out and touch infinity or something we don't know yet. Because they cannot contain our wildest dreams, our larger than life imagination, our deepest hope, our unshakable faith, our truest compassion and immense love for someone. Those things set us free and then we can see the frames that we used to live in.
The frames that are set for us by our age can be seen in the photograph "Aged". An aging automobile in front of a garage. Some of the photographs show everyday situations during the restrictions in the Corona pandemic, such as the picture "On the boat" where part of the benches are locked to keep the passengers at a minimum distance. Despite this restriction people try to enjoy the boat ride and take pictures of themselves or cuddle. The picture "A lonely car" shows Munich's Theresienwiese, the place where the Oktoberfest normally takes place, which was cancelled this year due to the Corona Pandemic. Covid-19 forces many people to spend their free time on their balcony (picture "Summertime"). On the image "Alone at the water" you can see a man who enjoys in Corona times the silence in a bathing area of the Starnberg Lake near Munich. Seems he is looking for his suncream.
The works in the series are in different styles. Some of them belong to the field of experimental photography. This stylistic device is also used to artistically elaborate the limiting frames in our lives, which have now been additionally imposed on us by Covid-19.
The works of “Frames” are taken from 2019 on, most of them in 2020, mainly in Munich area.