"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" - Wayne Dyer
The inspiration behind Alienation lies in the fundamental meaning of this quote. This was the reason why I pursued an idea that ultimately led to a search for the alienated being inside us all. And what I discovered left me astonished.
I craved change, but I simultaneously feared it - I didn't really know how to implement changes in my life. However, to make changes became a necessary challenge in my life. I had to make a conscious decision to change the way I see the world around me, how I see other people, and above all, how I see myself. What I found was overwhelming! There truly is beauty in everything around me, I only need to choose to see it. A world of beauty opens up in the most ordinary things and it awaits even in the strangest of places. My world collided head-on with a mysterious beauty.
Alienation became more than just a good example of the statement that if you change the way you look at things, every angle of what you see changes. For me, Alienation became an insight into unexplored inner souls. I saw eyes on unfamiliar faces, and in them lies a whole galaxy of tales to tell. In their eyes I saw happiness, sadness, excitement, pain, love, curiosity, wisdom and wonder - all these familiar human emotions on unearthed faces. This had such a tremendous impact on me because symbolically they summarised how I seldom feel living in a conflicting inner and outer universe with my own being. And it made my madness seem less messy.
Making Art is a personal journey of self-discovery. Through photography I strive to capture the reality that we see, but to express the reality that we feel. I want to convey a message that everything has a reason for existing, and through my photography I also resolve questions and struggles within myself.
I wish to invite you, to change the way you look at things.
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