A city full of contrasts, ups and downs, lights and shadows, wealth and poverty. And quite a few street photographers. In 2016 I came for a two week visit but somehow didn’t feel like leaving and ended up staying three months. During that time I very often dived into the streets and mainly focused on individuals and their stories that contributed to the city play and my very own view of San Francisco.
El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. Considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, many people associate it only with gang violence and crime. Nevertheless I was lucky to get a broader perspective of this beautiful country and its people.
In 2006/2007 I spent a year volunteering as a homeless helper in San Salvador. This year had a very strong impact on me and forever changed how I see the world.
I mainly worked in the barrio “tutunichapa”, an area close to the city center dominated by the “18”, one of the two main gangs in El Salvador. In this series I focused on showcasing people from this area.
Oh Kiev, what a great time you let me have! Even though I had minor communication problems I loved to stroll down your authentic streets and discover the charming stories you offered me. I also thank you for the nice people you made me meet and varenyky I had to eat. This trip was by far my highlight in 2017.
After a long gray german winter I needed a little break and flew to this amazing Canary Island. It is rough and friendly at the same time. I fell in love with the volcanic deserts and secluded beaches as much as the star wars and other film makers who often shoot their movies there.
Or what’s left behind. In summer 2017, 30 years after the disaster and also 30 years after my red head self was born, I went on a two day trip to the exclusion zone of Chernobyl in a red little lada. People often ask me "why?" and my answer usually is "why not?". I agreed to go on this trip with a friend without thinking too much about it. Maybe this is also why it became such a great experience. Chernobyl truely fascinated me with its devastation and desertion on one hand - you couldn't build a better and bigger film set if you wanted; and on the other hand I was surprised how peaceful the countryside appeared to me and how normal it felt to meet local people who live and work in the area.
If I now shine after this trip? Of course! Always!
Usually I prefer sunrays stroking my face but there's something about mystical, gloomy, uncomfortable weather that I find strangely seductive.
It was a Saturday when I went for this walk south of San Francisco. I still can feel that wind whipping my face after eating an insane amount of dim sum in Daly City.
In 2011 I spent nine months living in Buenos Aires. During this time I had the chance to travel and discover some very charming places in Argentina.
One of my trips during that time took me to Corrientes. Close to the city of Goya around 10 car hours north of Buenos Aires. I stayed for a few days on a remote farm in the middle of the typical wide flat land full of palm trees and cows. I was warmly hosted by local cowboys, also known as gauchos. They were quite excited about having a european city girl as guest and even scheduled their cow branding session on the particular date I was there. This event usually happens only once a year which made my trip there even more special.
I remember well how much I enjoyed this little offline holiday where I got woken up by a hen jumping into my room through the open window and where I only got phone reception on a horseback reaching my arm up high.
When I moved here in 2017 I rented an appartment for the first month that was located next to the Hackerbrücke, also called the Munich brooklyn bridge. On one of my first days, when I was crossing it, I saw people sitting on it - chilling, chatting, having beers and wine. I was so excited about this picture that I ran home, grabed my fuji and went shooting. I was so happy to have caught this exceptional one moment - just to learn a day later from my colleagues that in summer people sit there every day. And that Munich photographers never go shoot there because it's simply done ad nauseam. But I didn't care and kept on shooting...
The answer to the question if I have a favorite city. The pictures I am sharing is a selection of places and subjects I am emotionally attached to and that make my heart beat faster. My czech roots already made me travel here as a kid to visit my grandparents and to this day I keep on coming back to see my friends and family.
Beyond my personal connection Prague fascinates me every time with its architecture, that specific eastern charm and humor. I enjoy a lot strolling down the streets and bridges and love discovering new spots I’ve never been to before. It is a city that makes me forget the time. Especially with my camera in my hands.