NEW YORK 2006 . SHOT ON FILM
SO I MADE THE MOVE IN 2007
Back then in 2006, I spent 4 days in New York on my way to Philadelphia to visit some friends and it‘s easy to say, that this city just opened a new door for me! So loud and hectic but yet so inspiring and free. I couldn’t let go!
That day came when I took all my savings and said goodbye to Germany, to my friends and family, thinking I would be back in six months anyway. My money was for sure well spent by then but I managed to make myself a living. Starting to work as an Assistant, I filled my phone with numbers little by little and started to explore my new life, my new me.
I felt like a white piece of paper when I first got there. Nobody knew me, didn’t know my past so that I was able to sort of redefine myself over the years I spent in this stimulating and yet exhausting city!
It was a journey! A journey of almost six incredible years with ups and downs I would have never imagined, to go through in my life!
HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE MOMENT OF BUYING A NEW PHONE, BUT NO NUMBERS TO PUT IN?
I first moved to Harlem. Manhattan Ave, just across the street from this little Morning Side Park and five blocks away from Central Park.
Harlem was charming but I also had to get used to it. People were just living differently than I was used to it and I guess I had to learn that my not so opened mined alike I thought I would be. Around my area, I would mostly meet spirits from South Africa. Once a Year they would dress up, wear their traditional clothing, and celebrate the African Parade throughout the Upper West Side. It was extremely colorful and precious.
My way into the Photo business was based on only two contacts in my pocket. One of them was Akos, a Beauty, & Hair Photographer. He wasn’t busy enough at the time to hire me as an Assistant, but he sent me over to the two biggest Studios in town to start as an intern.
Pier95, - and Milk Studios.
I walked into Pier 95 Studios that same day to apply for an internship. They didn’t have much time, so I took my stuff and walked over to Milk. Before I fully understood what was going on, they took my Polaroid, I filled out a form and had to be there the next day 4 PM to start the Nightshift.
I GUESS THAT’S HOW EVERYTHING GOT STARTED.
How I met Marylene, who became my dearest friend and partner in crime. You will read for sure more about her on my journey.
Also Shaun, the funniest Guy of all with the warmest heart I have ever met. He now runs Milk Studios LA and we had a wonderful last-time-drinking after a shoot at Milk. I was incredibly jet-lagged since I had traveled from New York to Paris, to LA and back to New York in only 5 days. I remember being high, happy and smiling all over my face when I got into the cab back to the airport.
There is also Nico, my feel-home-base, and still a wonderful friend despite living on different continents. I couldn‘t hear him talk when we first met. All this superficial-New-York-Fashion-blabla. But we ended up pretty close in the long run.