I made this in 2009, 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell. I visited various historically important places in Berlin, amongst others Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburger Tor, The Peter Fechter Memorial and the Glienicker Bridge. I´ve just reworked the edit again, trying to brighten up what was basically a wet few days back then.
This is a documentary I made about two friends who live in Berlin, Germany – she has Frontotemporale Dementia – a disease similar to Alzheimer but which effects the front part of the brain. Jens tells their story from when the disease was diagnosed up to the present.
It´s a hybrid format – a mixture of video (the interview with Jens) and stills showing their past together as well as the day to day life of both Jens and Petra.
Off and on I´ve been working on this project for a number of years. In that time it´s gone through a number of conceptual changes – purely photography, then a mix including video but finally just video. The soundscape has also developed and has shown itself to be not only the most important but also the most difficult part of the project.
It´s been quite a struggle really, and it has a large personal meaning for me – but it´s finished now – and I can move on.
I only ask that you reflect on it.
This is a mood video about the Old South Cemetery in Munich