From a Changed North

2010 - 2012

It was a coldish, windy day in late 2010. I walked through dark forests behind my mother's house, along some lonely pathways, through the settlement, until I got to a crossroads in the village of Bochum-Langendreer. There I stood - a handful of cars rode by, the wind whistled through the trees above, an old placard advertised a circus long gone, leaves were blowing across the street. It was quiet in the village. After a while, a teenage boy came by. He stopped, half glancing at my camera. ”What are you photographing?" "Langendreer", I replied. "But why? There's nothing here".

From A Changed North documents the changing face of Germany's formerly industrial Ruhr area - my place of birth and home. Despite the country being one of the world’s giants of wealth, this area is writing itself a new chapter.

Now, everything and everyone seem to be waiting for something.