Two years ago, the family of my late colleague and architectural photographer, Renate Gruber, gave me her Hasselblad equipment. On June 29, 2014 I was sitting with a friend in café in Darmstadt discussing our love for Sweden. I told her about the generous Hasselblad gift and my passion for Volvos. So she suggested I return to Sweden and take the old camera with me. I loved the thought, and quite rapidly the concept for this adventure was developed. Equally enthused by the idea, my son Eisel agreed to accompany me. I love analog photography, and am looking forward to returning to my photographic roots. Analog photography is slower, and the process yields photos that capture things differently. The plan is to make a new photo book with the photos from 1996, and the new photos from 2016. More photos and information (in German) can be found here: www.schweden-1996-2016.de
The aim of my project is a photo book "Sweden 1996 + 2016" with analog travel photography. My target audience are people who like to continue using things, even if they have patina. Because it's fun and because it is sustainable. ("From cross-country skiers and evergreens - repairs and retrofitting to stop the flood of goods and the consumption of natural resources reduce" Dietmar H. Lamparter, DIE ZEIT No. 47, 17.11.1995.). More details can be found here (in german): www.schweden-1996-2016.de/chronik
You should support this project if you find the subject interesting, are curious about Sweden and would enjoy the contrasts between the photos taken in 1996, and finally if you believe in the value of the continued use of products despite their age (cameras, cars, etc.). The project website features plenty of information about traveling, Sweden, Volvo, Hasselblad, the use-intensification by extending the life of vintage products, and of course photography (in german): www.schweden-1996-2016.de
Once the project is funded, we are going to purchase a classic Volvo 245 station wagon, load up the Hasselblad equipment and my son and I will head up to Sweden. The trip will be documented photographically, and a photo book will be published that contrasts the photos from this trip with those taken on the 1996 trip.
After that book has been published, we will use the vehicle to explore rural regions of Hesse and make more photo books. Information on the Hesse editions can be found here: www.edition-hessen.de
Some of my books you can be viewed here: www.issuu.com/christoph-rau
Christoph Rau, photographer and location scout, was born in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) in 1957. He was member of the German Society for Photography (Cologne). He is based out of Darmstadt, Hesse. His principal collaborator is the product designer and publisher, Gerd Ohlhauser, with whom he has partnered in producing the book series EDITION DARMSTADT (www.edition-darmstadt.de), on which Christoph is responsible for photography, concept, design and marketing. His website is: www.christoph-rau.de. Some of his photo books can be seen here: www.issuu.com/christoph-rau.