NATUREZA - In search of harmony between humans and nature.
At the end of 2015, after I left my semester abroad from Vancouver Island came back to Germany, I decided to go in search of the untouched beauty of nature. Already in Canada I have experienced a nature that has remained largely untouched and primeval despite the influences of man. After I had already dedicated my photography to nature in Canada, I thought about what it means for us humans to live in harmony with nature and if this is possible.
I thought about where I could go to show exactly that. I read and looked at different cultures and spots of the earth and came to Amazon about the development and evolution of animals. A 4.2 million square kilometer rainforest is home to hundreds of thousands of species of plants, animals, fungi, microbes, and bacteria. The Brazilian part of Amazonia alone is home to approximately 13% of all animals on our planet. An ecosystem that is made to form specialists; living beings that depend on other parties in the cycle of their ecosystem. This means that if one part of the system is lost, the following parties cannot continue to supply themselves. The result is the collapse of the ecosystem.
In April 2016, I traveled to Acre in the western Amazon without any scientific approach. It was pure coincidence that I gained a foothold in the Brazilian state of Acre of all places. Acre itself is home to about 8,400 Indians who live in 28 area. My special interest, however, was not in the Indians, but in the descendants of the rubber tree farmers with whom I lived for almost a month and thus collected my impressions, which I communicate through my work. Their ancestors came to Acre at the beginning of the 19th century to find work in the rubber boom. These people live a very simple life, with little influence of civilization, which however is getting bigger and bigger.