‘Junge Siegerin’, by Sarah Walzer, is a series of black and white portraits exploring the ambivalence in childhood and adolescence and the transformational power of authentic expressions.
“Authenticity names a condition in which inner experience and outer appearance correspond. Thereby it also describes the condition of oneness, which creates a powerful energy by itself. It’s that energy I want to carry in my pictures. In the series Junge Siegerin, I’m exploring the condition of vulnerability. To be vulnerable for me means being in touch with my feelings. That’s what makes us truly visible and connects us to the world around.
All pictures were taken in Berlin and the girls come from different parts of the city. Sociological data played no crucial role in choosing the models. The series is motivated out of emotional aspects, not comparative ones. Working with the girls was a step back in the time when I was young. Discovering their authenticity with my camera became my own opportunity to express myself. It felt like adding a piece to my own image, back then and now.” – Sarah Walzer
Sarah Walzer (b. 1979, Germany) has been working as a psychologist in social counseling institutions since five years before she began her training of photography and design at the age of 31. In 2014 she graduated at the Ostkreuzschule für Photographie und Gestaltung in the class of Ute Mahler with her series ‘Junge Siegerin’, which has been featured on several photo festivals since its release. The encounter between the model and the photographer as well as the dynamics which evolve from it are an important tool for her work.
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