Nhu Duong is one of those Berlin people, actually she’s Swedish (and born in Ho Chi Minh City), anyway– I always wanted to get to know her and was more than happy, to finally have the chance. She invited me into her home in Schöneberg, a big Altbau apartment with a weird layout that makes its bourgeois features (very high ceilings, stucco, old ovens and huge windows) actually a little less intimidating and gives it a very homey feel. But that’s not so much why I wanted to meet her…
Category: At Home
Maryam Zaree just moved into her new apartment in Kreuzberg, a beautiful two-room flat in a rather dull building from the 50s.
When I first met Leena, I was instantly amazed by her elegant and yet so contemporary style and charisma. I immediately wanted to photograph her – but it took me quite some time to persuade her, since she doesn’t like being pictured. When I visited her in her Mitte apartment, we spend an hour chatting about her job, Berlin, life and fashion, before I took my camera to take this candid shot. And when I send her a selection of pictures, out of all the more “posed” shots we took, she chose this one image, which I initially called an “outtake”, because I thought she might consider it to be too intimate. Needless to say I was more than happy, when she asked me to publish this one.
I must admit, there have been way too few people on this blog, that once started out with only people. But my travels, the store and many other exciting new things have kept me from taking portraits, somehow. This shall have an end now! And how better to restart than with an at home portrait I wanted to take for so long!
Alfons and Carolin live in a very berlinesque Altbau in Neukölln.