I portrayed her because I fell in love with the fire in her eyes. Her view was energetic, exhibited and beautiful. Peridot is still in my memory today, as if I was still standing in front of her and admiring her. And when I think of her, I wonder what she already knew about life and how she feels today. Something I still carry with me: Her mother asked me to take her with me and look after her.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO THE SERIES - ALLES ROAD, NEGOMBO
A walk through the narrow side streets of Negombo led me at the beginning of my journey into Alles Road and to Favin. "Coffee, do you want coffee?", I heard a soft voice from the next doorway asking. It wasn't a pushy, persuasive question. It was real. And so I got to know Citrine and her family. The day I photographed them, they wore their most beautiful clothes and saris. Later, shortly before my departure, I had her portraits developed on an original Agfa frontier in the village and took her to Alles Road by Tuk Tuk. I was enthusiastically welcomed. And seeing the joy they had with the pictures made me more than happy!
BACKGROUND INFO ABOUT THE TRIP - SRI LANKA
The reason why I was in Sri Lanka is a children's home in the interior of Sri Lanka, which I supported photographically. Before and after visiting the projects of lanka-help.org – this is the name of the Liechtenstein charity organisation – I had planned enough time to experience the Sri Lankan mentality.
However, the political situation during my stay was very tense. The new presidential elections were held, which is why many Tamils and Singhalese feared riots. Even the capital Colombo was closed to prevent unrest. A week later, for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka, a Pope visited the island. In order to welcome the Christian leader, a huge effort was made, although less than 10% of the population are Christian. In addition, for the first time after 30 years of civil war, the north of the island was accessible again, which enabled me to travel to the newly opened town of Jaffna. The inhabitants of the north were rarely visited by tourists or residents of the south, which made a trip to "new" Jaffna even more valuable.