The series of images was competing amongst the 10 best student works in photography worldwide during the Sony World Photography Awards 2017.
From the moment the theme of "emotion" was revealed by the World Photography Organisation in London, I thought of making the work about grief and mourning.
This decision was made because of an incident related to an experience of deep mourning in my past and I nevertheless, decided to express my grief whilst keeping its origins hidden, leaving the question of “why is this person in grief?” for the spectator to answer. Only the real emotion is transmitted to the observer and they are not distracted by a background story told in the image. As only I am able to depict what I see and feel inside in reference to the “grief theme” of the photo series, I went in front of the camera and confronted myself with my mourning. In some ways, it is a kind of a self-portrait. It was difficult because this is something I cannot speak about, but something I can only express as an image. I also chose a rather beautiful surrounding for the series to show that all the beautiful facades we see in our daily life could be deceiving. No one can see inside someone else. Like a fairy story, everything might look perfect, but, in fact, it is not.
Competition website: https://www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards/winners-galleries/2017/student-focus/out-side-sarah-schrimpf-akademie