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Darkness /// Light

Addiction, depression and melancholia are not foreign to me. Even now, 9+ years after my last and hopefully final detox, I am still attracted to the darkness of living on the edge in a weird romantic kind of way.

Shit stinks, but it’s warm… I felt like an outcast as an addict on the lookout for the next hit, and now I feel somewhat misplaced in the middle-class, office type of life I am leading. This certainly reflects in my photography. 

My passion for photography evolved in 2012. For me It has become a form of connecting with the environment, silent communication; mindfulness. 

This series is by no means a documentary, neither am I pointing fingers; rather this is a set of photos that touch me emotionally, moments that I can relate to.

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Cape Town, 2012.

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Cologne, 2012

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

Cologne_2014_09

Cologne, 2014

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Cologne, 2014

Cologne_2014_11

Cologne, 2014

Dusseldorf_2014_01

Dusseldorf, 2014

HongKong_2013_01

Hong Kong, 2013

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Hong Kong, 2013

HongKong_2014_02

Hong Kong, 2014

NewYork_2013_01

New York, 2013

NewYork_2013_02

New York, 2013

NewYork_2013_03

New York, 2013

Perth_2013_01

Perth, 2013

Schiedersee_2014_01

Schiedersee, 2014

Seoul_2014_01

Seoul, 2014

 

Seoul, 2014

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Solingen, 2015

Bernd Schäfers was born on 23 July 1963 in Koblenz, Germany. He went to school in Cape Town, South Africa where his family emigrated due to his father’s job. He returned to Germany in 1981. After working in different jobs, partying and travelling he finally specialised as an IT consultant. Bernd has a history of alcohol and drug addiction and after the final detox he is now sober and clean for 9+ years. He lives in Solingen, Germany. Bernd discovered his passion for photography in 2012. His images are mostly processed in black and white.

“I remember staring at the same b/w images in a 70s photo magazine as a kid over and over again. I was fascinated by the indescribable magic, the mystique, the timelessness; and still am.“ 

Check Bernd’s work here: berndschaefers.com

Bernd Schäfers

Bernd was born on 23 July 1963 in Koblenz, Germany. He went to school in Cape Town, South Africa where his family emigrated due to his father’s job. He returned to Germany in 1981. After working in different jobs, partying and travelling he finally specialised as an IT consultant. Bernd has a history of alcohol and drug addiction and after the final detox he is now sober and clean for 9+ years. He lives in Solingen, Germany. Bernd discovered his passion for photography in 2012. His images are mostly processed in black and white.

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“I remember staring at the same b/w images in a 70’s photo magazine as a kid over and over again. I was fascinated by the indescribable magic, the mystique, the timelessness; and still am.“

Check Bernd’s work: berndschaefers.com

Follow Bernd: @bernd_schaefers

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