We say that somebody sees the world in black and white when they seem to be lacking nuance and attention to detail and specificity. But there’s a whole world of shades between black and white. A spectrum of nuances and possibilities. And often it’s precisely because we restrict ourselves to black and white that we can better express visually what is unique, interesting, or unusual about our subject. It’s a creative freedom that is found precisely by working with constraints.
In the last few years I found myself spending large parts of my holidays in places that were very close to country borders. It didn’t start as a plan but I suspect that, at some point, the decision to plan holidays in border areas has turned into a conscious choice. There is something about borders that draws be back again and again, some personal meaning that calls to be explored and unpacked. I am not that interested in exploring the main points of entry, the highways, the hundreds of cars crossing the border each day. I focus on small border villages, backroads, and borders drawn along rivers and other natural demarcations. These are regions that often struggle with crime and unemployment (read here for instance).
In January 2023 I started a photo project focusing on the lives of people with autism and their families and friends. I have worked with 11 families who were kind enough to share their joys, problems, hopes and worries with me. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with autism.