Meeting Sofie

I got to know Sofie, 19 years old girl with Down Syndrome, in the autumn of 2017. She’s just finished school and spent almost every day on the family estate in Eilensted (Germany). I’ve been visiting Sofie and her family for over a 2 years, I had a chance to experience their everyday lives; seeing and sharing the highs and lows of this young girl’s first steps into love. At that time Sofie was in that awkward yet beautiful and thrilling age of transition from a girl to a woman, when every feeling is extremely intense and love seems to be the main purpose of live. However, Sofie’s relationship with boyfriend Andy ended the following summer — this breakup put Sofie in a very vulnerable state, when she was feeling down and depressed. Eventually, Sofie recovered, and I believe, she became stronger. I know, she wants to be a strong woman, and she actually is.

Every time I saw Sofie, I learn something new. She feels the same things as we do, but, I believe her feelings are more earnest, more intense. I’ve seen her happy as well as terribly sad. The feelings of the people she is close to and loves are important to her, as is how they relate to her. But she also finds joy in simple things and is free from social pressure. She doesn’t seem to worry about what others think of her at all. She is able to separate herself from the day-to-day. In that way, I believe she’s freer than we are.

Sofie continues to live on the farm estate with her parents, her brother and the countless animals.
The series gives the viewer a glimpse into the Sofie's life, in the fascinating „Sofies world“ and her sensitive nature.

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie
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Sofie

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie at work on her family's farm
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Sofie at work on her family's farm

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - A room in the house of Sofie
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A room in the house of Sofie

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie in the white body
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Sofie in the white body

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie with cigarette
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Sofie with cigarette

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie with her white horse
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Sofie with her white horse

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Portrait of Sofie at home
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Portrait of Sofie at home

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - On the street of Eilenstedt
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On the street of Eilenstedt

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie hanging out with her brother's friends
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Sofie hanging out with her brother's friends

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie with her mother Barbara
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Sofie with her mother Barbara

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - In the morning
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In the morning

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie's new haircut
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Sofie's new haircut

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie with her friend Lina at the swimming pool
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Sofie with her friend Lina at the swimming pool

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie at the bus station
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Sofie at the bus station

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie with her boyfriend Andy in the poppy field
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Sofie with her boyfriend Andy in the poppy field

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Break up
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Break up

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie with Barbara
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Sofie with Barbara

© Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba - Sofie waiting for the thunderstorm
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Sofie waiting for the thunderstorm

Meeting Sofie by Snezhana von Büdingen-Dyba

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