2018 - 2019
First love affects the rest of our lives. We do not forget it. Sometimes it lasted longer, sometimes shorter or now and then the first love still lasts today. We associate strong memories with it. It is a unique fulfillment of a strong desire that we have never felt before, and it is not burdened with negative experiences.
To investigate this feeling, I accompanied Ronja and Lars during their first love and everything connected with it. They experience the effort, the happiness, they get to know distance and closeness and are faced with different decisions. A first love that is exciting, carefree and strong like any other, but still so different and unique.
The motivation for my work "we are 15" is based on personal circumstances. I have been in a relationship with my first love since I was 15 years old. The work was a chance to get an insight into a first love, even if it was not my own. It reminds us of this feeling of first love, gives insight into intimacy and naivety and leaves us with the memory of our own.
The exploration of the subject of first love is done through portraits of the protagonists, whom I have been accompanying for almost 2 years. The work is complemented by a photographic level of nature shots that symbolically reflect and evoke feelings.