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Interview gesche jager: looking for the father

After their training as a photographer, a further education in the field of media design and the study of photography, gesche jagery worked first as a free photographer in bielefeld. Since 2010 she lives and works in hamburg. Since 2011, jager is also a member of the fotoeagentur laif. Christoph twickel has her for lakes.By in september 2013 hit.

Mrs. Jager, in the irregular picture band "fatherland" portrate eleven very different father – from daddy with eight children to the seed dispenser, who did not know how many children he has begotten. Her first photo book traded from a variety of singles in women’s army areas of east germany. They are obviously interested in manners in extreme situations.

Gesche jager: i like to deal with topics that the social change shows. At "fatherland" i wanted to find out how the role of the man has changed in the family.

Have you selected manner, which are particularly aware of your father’s role?

Hunter: i might have addressed 50 father, and of course, those who like to show and are pleased with their role. This creates a special picture.

Were there people who had to talk about?

Hunter: the seed donor was a delicate case – his family and friends do not know that he does that. And on the mentally disabled father, i had to go targeted, the goods did not come to me.

What would you like to show about his example?

Hunter: still in the nineties, mentally disabled women have advised to be sterilized. It is a relatively new development that people with disabilities are also parents. The father i portraited is working in an integrative social supermarkery, he lives alone in a hamburg coarse settlement – and when the son is with him, also a supervisor.

On some of the pictures, the father prospects – others seem to have arisen in everyday life. How did you work??

Hunter: the idea was to show a motive on which the father present himself with her family in front of the camera. All other photos are born in everyday life of the family. I accompanied the father and their families for a week for a week. The texts to the book then wrote the journalist jochen brenner. It was about creating a time document – a book that you can see again in 30 or 40 years and discretion what has changed.

What experiences did you make personal with your father?

Hunter: i am a divorce child, my parents have separated when i was two years old. At the weekend i have seen my father regularly – but in the rough and large he kept out. Maybe the only saving presence of my own father was a motive to find out more about the so-called new father. I wanted to see at which level do you engage – and why do you do that: because you expect it from you, or because you want it? Or do i meet at eighty percent on the traditional role distribution?

Your resumee?

Hunter: the new father turns out first. The roll patterns are more resistant than intended, and their resolution is not managed to be overnight. In one third of all families still there is the classic family model: the father is nerve the family, the mother hat children and household.

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