Menschen stellen ihre Selbstporträts für die Social-Networking-Website MySpace nach. Der Fotograf bat seine Berliner Mitbürger, die Fotos am Aufnahmeort zu wiederholen. Er machte seine Fotos zeitgleich mit dem Blitz.
Berlin, Germany People re-enact the self-portraits they took for the social networking site MySpace. The photographer contacted fellow Berliners, asking them to remake the photos in the place they had originally been taken. He captured the exact moment at which the flash went off.
Wolfram Hahn speaks about the project: "How does it look when someone photographs him- or herself alone at home? Following this question, I searched on social networking sites for self-portraits posted by people living in my city and contacted each photographer, asking why they took the photo as well as the story behind it. My questions were as follows: "Why do you take self-portraits?" or "Do you take photos of yourself only for yourself or also for friends online?" I then attempted to reenact each self-portrait with the depicted person in the place it had originally been taken. Through this, I captured the motifs of the original image and linked these to the habits and character of the person taking their own portrait. For me, it was especially important to capture the exact moment when the flash of the protagonists' camera went off. It is the moment when they put themselves 'into the light' and stand out from the background, the 'making of' a digital identity. In my photographs, the moment does not appear spectacular. You see people in their apartments or rooms photographing themselves, which is nothing special since it's happening everywhere, all the time. Digital cameras are becoming a permanent companion in everyday life, used by people who are communicating through self-portraits. They are a language and they carry the stories of people into the outside world. The digital camera and the computer allow the possibility of shutting oneself away at home while simultaneously maintaining contact with others. Indeed, people are alone yet contained within the community of a social network."
Unos jóvenes repiten los autorretratos que se hicieron para la web de MySpace. El fotógrafo contactó con compañeros berlinenses para solicitarles que se volvieran a sacar las fotos en los lugares donde se habían tomado originalmente. Captó el momento exacto en el que se disparó el flash.
Personnes reprenant les mêmes poses que celles de leurs autoportraits placés sur le site du réseau social MySpace. Le photographe, qui a demandé à des Berlinois de refaire leur autoportrait à l’identique de l’original, a capturé le moment exact du déclenchement du flash.
Alcune persone reinterpretano gli autoritratti pubblicati sul social network MySpace. Il fotografo ha contattato alcuni concittadini di Berlino, chiedendo loro di rifare le foto esattamente dove le avevano realizzate originariamente e catturando il momento preciso in cui è scattato il flash.
Mensen reconstrueren hoe ze hun zelfportret voor de sociale netwerksite MySpace hebben gemaakt. De fotograaf vroeg mede-Berlijners of hij hen mocht fotograferen op de plaats waar ze zichzelf hadden geportretteerd. Hij legde exact het moment vast waarop ze afdrukten.
Born in 1979, Wolfram Hahn lives and works in Berlin. From 2004 to 2010 he studied design and photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. His work has been exhibited across the world, including solo shows in Paraguay, Berlin, Washington DC and New Zealand. His awards include an honorable mention in Unicef''s Photo of the Year and a C|O Berlin ‘Talents 07' award.