“Au revoir” – that means goodbye in the sense of “See you again”. For me it means “Goodbye for now”, and it means thankfully looking back at the last four years I spent in Stuttgart. I created this little series with the intent of seeing because of leaving.
A couple of days ago, I moved to Vancouver. And if you know you’ll leave a place, you’ll leave your country everything becomes valuable: Your last stroll through this street, the last time you see this person, the last time you walk up this stair, the last time you go to work, the last time you take the S-Bahn to university and so on.
These are a few shots I took along the way between packing, planning, saying goodbye and buying christmas gifts.
Two different countries, two different people. Werner, my Swiss Grandad. Born in 1931. Although he lives in Switzerland, back in 1944 he saw the big fire in my German hometown when the allies dropped their first bombs.
Mamita, the French-American grandmom of my husband. Born in 1937. Her dad emigrated to the United States during WWI to flee the war.
A lot more anecdotes could follow, and I am sure just like your grandparents, the stories they tell you are rich, profound and sometimes surreal. Sometimes we tend to forget in what reality they lived in. I visited Werner and Mamita to document their life now. I didn’t find bitterness, I found wisdom. Both were at peace. With their life, with their past, with the present and the future.
The universe of my grandad in Switzerland: Pure, liquid air, calm winds, tradition over trends. The roots go deep, relationships go even deeper. Everybody knows everyone.
The universe of Edith ‘Mamita’ in France: A calm village with 400 habitants. She is in love with her two gardens and reconnects to nature and the universe with spending time outside.
When two beautiful souls get married, the wedding will most definitely reflect that. And yes, it did. Nishma and Benjamin are such an amazingly talented couple that bursts of musical creativity, energy and profoundness at the same time. Their wedding took place in Bayard-sur-Marne, on a big compound with an old chateau at its center. Nishma is Indian-Italian and grew up in the UK while Benjamin is French and lives in Paris. This means: Guests came from all different countries to attend their wedding. The day was drenched in live music, golden sunlight, warmth, laughter and such positive energies. For my eyes and my camera, this was heaven.
Thanks for stopping by. Merci beaucoup.