so this post is more than a little overdue given i’ve been home for three months now (what. the. heck.). during my time in germany i took a portraiture class which grew my work heaps. my professor really challenged me to look at my work on a deeper level, rather than just portraits of people smiling, as was my experience previously.
so in the end i came up with this series of five portraits of exchange students living in germany, all whom i met in my first weeks there. we were all in very similar situations, knowing very little german language + being away from everything familiar. i took the portraits in each person’s bedroom – ranging from a university Wohnheim (halls of residence) to another person’s bedroom, being surrounded by another person’s belongings.
accompanied alongside each image is a handwritten text (in german), communicating to a german audience how it feels to live in Germany. the texts utilise very simple sentence structure + include errors both grammatic + in vocabulary. when i first presented the text in my class i got comments such as that it looked like a 5 year old had written it, but it was in adult handwriting – which was basically an exact expression of how it (sometimes) felt for us foreigners to live in such an unknown culture + language.
if you understand German, you’ll understand these a little better i guess, but check it out (+ to see them bigger, click on them). Kaleigh (USA), Aoife (Ireland), Ivana (Serbia), Rakel (Iceland) + me.
to see the portraits i made for uni the semester before i left for germany of pairs of siblings in their bedrooms, click here.