This selection of images has no secret narrative. There are no hidden stories we don't tell. The photographs have been taken with different image-making devices, in a variety of locations, over a long span of time. We chose them from our vast photo archive and brought them together. These images cannot tell what we've seen in the moment of exposure. They are only an approximation of the images that we had in our mind, and which made us press the button. The later impulse to choose them for this series has nothing to do with the former impulse to take them.
Just as by writing this text in English as Germans, we take the risk of misunderstanding, we have a feeling that the use of images is somehow similar to the use of a foreign language. We have to learn how to create, use, and grasp them. Words and images both create a sphere of meaning, which then trigger different mental images for everybody.
For us, it was each photograph's individual range of meaning that shaped our selection and its order. In the first round of this process, each of the images had to 'work' on its own. It had to convince us with its atmosphere, aesthetic quality, setting, and evoked memories. In the second round we tried to find a combination of images that would be as "in-between" as possible. We looked at the connecting and disconnecting powers between the images and tried to find a good balance between them. This series with its movements in time and through space, is an attempt to capture the entity of life in five images – an experiment that can only fail.
The more we think about this project, the more we get into a state of uncertainty. But in a positive way. Like when you're about to start on a journey that you've been looking forward to.