Carla Kogelman

Dutch photographer Carla Kogelman has worked in the theatre industry for 25 years. In 2011, she graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. A year later, she was commissioned by Szene Bunte Wähne, a youth theater festival in Austria, to make a documentary about the rural Waldviertel region. Hannah (7) and Alena (9) are two sisters who live in Merkenbrechts, a village of 170 inhabitants in Waldviertel, an isolated rural area of Austria, near the Czech border. The girls have two older brothers, but spend much of their time together in a carefree life that involves swimming, playing outdoors and doing games around the house. The series Ich bin Waldviertel shows an intimate portrait of the lives of these young girls and how they grow up in the rural mountain area. Seemingly uninhibited they pose a play in front of the camera. The images are timeless and remind us of those long-gone endless summers you experience as a child and a life that was filled with games and exploration.