In Gonzales @ Emelle Sonh
Recently, I came across photos of me by Emelle Sonh, from 2007 in Southern California. The one above was taken in a Mexican restaurant in the town of Gonzales. It does not cease to fascinate me how these photographs document my presence in the places pictured. Before photography was invented, people could only rely on their memory. That does not mean that photographs replace memory, it means that they help to shape it.
In 29 Palms @ Emelle Sonh
Photographs of me make me look at myself and at the world surrounding me – and that feels somehow unreal. I'm not used to such a view for my awareness is focussed on looking and not on being looked at. Looking at photographs of me helps me understand that identity is not only defined by what I think of myself but also by how others see me.