– Light Rail

(2016)

The recently opened „Light Rail“ system in Addis Abeba leads the visitor through different commercial hubs out to the suburbs of the city with huge Chinese housing projects. By using a hand held translucent mirror (no double exposure here) I photographically projected different realities onto each other, picturing people and their surroundings at the same time, photographing the synchronicity of the uncontemporary along the lines of the Light Rail system. Everything in the pictures is happening at the same time, at the same place.

With Light Rail I wanted to transport the feeling of an African City onto paper; creating a photographic essence of a place was what I was interested in. Very similar to The Lost Land, I was exploring the boundaries of the documentary photographic image – by printing it in specific ways, the images become impressionistic pieces that hide visual secrets in plain sight – and it leaves the decision of the viewer to find them or not.