What is this blog about?
I want to portrait Munich and their people. I think Munich is a wonderful city and the people I meet have all their story and all stories together are actually the real portrait of Munich. Not what you read about it, what your one friend told you about it after visiting here for a few days. Even I could not describe Munich properly and I live here for a loooong time and I have even been born here. All stories together are the real Munich and this is what I try to capture in this blog.
So who are those people on this blog? How do you select them?
This blogs wants to portrait people. People on the street like you and me. I either approach people literally on the street, ask them for their picture and ask them a few questions. And in some cases I arrange meetings with some people who are in my opinion very interesting. And for sure it is not possible to have a 360 view on Munich and I am also only human and I have my preferences whom I want to talk to. But I am trying to bring in as many different views as possible.
Why are you doing this?
Oh well, this is a question, a lot of people ask me – especially since a lot of people I approach fear to be in an add or in some kind of newspaper after the interview.
I am doing this because I love people. I love their stories and it gives me finally the a good reason to approach those people and talk to them.
But the real background is that I really would love to transport this feeling I have about Munich: It is a strange city with a lot of snobby, rich kids. But I am in a different part of this city reality. I want to show the really cool people living here and the really interesting stories flying around here. I would love to show everyone what Munich is really about and who is really living here.
Who are you?
In my real life I am a normal person like you. I am working a normal job as a product manager, I am a mother of two wonderful kids, I am a good friend of many wonderful people and I love doing photos. I am not a professional photographer but a compassionate learner of this art.
Why is there no picture of you anywhere? Are you hiding?
I am not hiding but I hate any photos of me. I always look strange on photos. This is why I love to be behind the camera. This is why I love it to take pictures of people and try to capture who they are. And I am improving on this skill by every picture.
Why is this blog bilingual?
My mother tongue is German but I am mainly working in English. Since I hope that his blog is read not only by people who live her in Munich and speak German but also by people who speak only English or live abroad and want to come to Munich I have chosen to translate every blog post. And I can tell you – I have used a lot of curses already on this decision since it is taking so much time to do the translation as well.
Who is financing this blog? How do you get paid for this?
Nobody pays me, I am paying to make this love of my life happen. I am paying with my time, my love, my heart and my passion to make this possible. If I could find a way to earn money with this I would love to change my profession into being a full time blogger immediately. But currently I am not seeing any way which would not also change the character of the blog as well. So this is why this will stay to be a hobby.
Do you have a favorite portrait you did?
This is hard. I just went through all 222 posts I did by today and I could tell you each and every story just by looking at the picture. Since I am looking for my “victims” very carefully and since I always have a little chat with them, each and every single post has its own little story for me – perhaps even more to what I am wrote in the post. So for example the girl I did not dare talking to in Miami during my time in the USA in 2015 and finally she was so wonderful and friendly encouraging me to follow my dream since she also was a blogger. Or that girl who opened her heart to me and told me how much she is missing her sister. Or the punk who first did not want me to take any picture of her and in the end I was allowed to finally make a beautiful photo of her. But this is endless and will not lead me to this one favorite picture. They are all having a great story in my life story.
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