It’s becoming a difficult thing to be optimistic these days. War. Terror. Economic crises. Refugees all over Europe. Our world seems to go down the drain, and the lot of us is sitting in the front row, scared and insecure. And as always in history, there’s a significant correlation between fear and aggression. Between insecurity and unreflected anger.
More often than not people find themselves pointing a finger towards the „obvious“ roots of all problems: The other religion. The other ethnic group. The other economic model. The other way of life. I strongly believe that our world needs more positive impulses. I therefore want to inspire empathy and respect by focussing my photography on human resilience and traces of hope beyond conflict...
We founded TransparAid for those who want to give and help, but who are unsure about the how and where - it can be quite tiresome and unsettling to find the one NGO or aid project that seems adequate: The situation in the crisis countries of this world is just as confusing as the organizations that help on the ground. Not all of these organizations are effective or have only good intentions -corruption or simply waste of aid is not uncommon.
We only promote NGOs and projects that we personally know, trust and believe in. We want to give their protagonists, stories, challenges and achievements a platform and, thus, increase transparency and trust for their cause. We briefly introduce each of these organizations in person and explain why we consider them to be effective.
In spring 2020, Covid-19 kicked in and changed, well, everything. We all were puzzled, irritated and insecure about what the hell was going on. And while many of us were complaining about the inconvenience of the lock-down, others were doing their job: Doctors and nurses.
I believe in the good, the considerate, the reflected perspective and what it can do. Or what it can prevent from happening. I believe that our world needs more positive impulses and traces of hope.
Join me on my last trip to Mali:
An incredible country with a beautiful people
Join me on my embed with Iraqi Special Forces during the last days of the Battle for Mosul.
I love photography. And I have a great interest in geo politics.
At some point I realized that I could combine both and support people in conflict zones.
Supporting and helping others in need is probably the most rewarding experience I ever had. Want to know more?
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