"The city is the theatre of life" stated Ash Amin and Stephen Graham in the late 90s. I like this metaphor very much, as dramas, comedies or cliffhangers are performed on an urban stage every day, and we are all part of this public performance. I wondered why not expand this idea of a â€žpublic performanceâ€œ and consider the city itself as a theatre. So I intended to examine who are the protagonists on such a stage of the city. Thus I was looking for architectural "persons", whose roles are essential and formative for the play and whose absence would make the story different. Against this backdrop, I began to document architectural ensembles of a city according to the most important performers from my point of view. The metaphor "dramatis personae" is derived from this idea - the cast of main architectural protagonists on the stage of a city.
I am a Hamburg based architectural photographer and photo columnist at Architectural Digest Germany. I am passionate about concrete aesthetics, and urban shapes in all their detail have been an inspiration to me ever since. My work is also found in the annual edition â€œBest of Germany 2013â€ of Architectural Digest Germany as well as in Dezeen, Washington Post, Aesthetica Magazine, Creative Boom, Architizer, designboom, FahrenheitÂº Magazine etc.