"WALKS OF LIFE"
This photo exhibition was inspired by the master paintings of the well-known and great Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). There is something about his unique use of light and contrast in his portraits which brings forward the true inner nobility of the person – regardless of their outer appearance. The light which falls through the window into a dark room magically seems to connect with the inner light of the person. That light which each human being essentially and most naturally owns in Life. And thus, Rembrandt’s paintings allow us to see more deeply, the true inner human qualities.
Our societies today live and act very much with labels – on products as well as on people. As soon as we can write a name on a certain box, we are also quick to put people in this box, however restricting and painful this might be for them! Mistakenly thinking this would be their only reality – whereas it might just be an aspect of their real life. Often society’s handling of “disabilities” seems to be greatly affected by that.
We are very grateful to the people portrayed in this exhibition (as stand-ins for many others in society) as they contributed so openly with their own beingness to be fully seen. May those portraits reflect a tiny part of the light
who they truly are.
concept & photography
Michael Stoeger (Austria)
Ganimete Sava (Kosovo-Albania)
editorial staff & production
„There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature –
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.“