photo courtesy of the amazing © Nils Schwarz
My name is Bastian, I am a photographer and filmmaker from Germany and the very proud owner of a little yellow camper van with a bed just long enough to stretch out my short legs. My van is French, a real bon-vivant and goes by the name of Alphonse – or Fonsi for short.
Over the years, Fonsi has taken me to beautiful places, allowing me to fall asleep with a view of the stars, mediating unexpected, rich conversations, often in places that had until recently been entirely alien and foreign to me. You could therefore say – with ample justification – that my view of the world is intimately tied to a hollow, rusty metal cage on four wheels. It wouldn’t emphasise your romantic side though.
With the corona crisis we have all seen a dramatic shift in our realities. Suddenly, human interaction and social exchange seem to pose a threat. Now the whole world, counting my own home, has become alien to me. Something we all share or can relate to, I believe.
I don't know about you, but culture is what helps me keep my sanity in all this. I find touching points in the creativity of others that I so desperately need and crave as a social being heeding social distancing. Culture is the bridge between the “now” and “then”, the “before” and “after”, mitigating our losses by turning them into something new.
So now, instead of setting out in the van, I will invite you and the world into my alien home to be looking for those new opportunities together. And to start something new as a way of welcoming this change into our lives. Looking for encounters that I have so far associated with Fonsi and his open sliding door.
So if nothing else, come on the road with us to feel a light breeze.