Crowdfunding "Räuber" by Josh Kern

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About the Project:

My mother moved to her new partner’s place with me in the middle of the forest called „Bremerhof“ when I was about 14 years old. I really didn’t get along with my stepdad. Not because he wasn’t my real dad or anything, but simply because we were as different as two persons can be. I also have to admit that it probably wasn’t easy for him either. He cared about money and things being organized while the only thing on my mind was skateboarding. We were completely talking at cross-purpose and both of us felt misunderstood like little boys all the time. My poor mother… 

One year later my half brother was born, Jascha. It felt awkward to me. Everything felt awkward to me at that time. I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to interact with him. About three years later I moved out and was happy to be on my own. 

After a while my mother broke up with my stepdad, so she moved with Jascha to an old farmhouse 200 meters away. I really liked Jascha but the few times I was visiting weren‘t enough to get to know him. He once told me that one day he will own a kiosk in order to make a living, which really impressed me. I gave him a skateboard but he wasn’t too much into it and always left it outside in the rain. 

When I was visiting I always took a few pictures of Jascha, but only around easter in 2020 I really started to follow him around and to document him.

It was crazy because only then I realized how good it felt to spend time with him and that my camera was the best excuse for that. His company allowed me to be completely careless and childish. Although he cares more about other beings than anyone else I have met so far.  All these things that he loves felt so similar to me. Like, there is nothing that gets him as excited as his chickens. What skateboarding was for me, is tennis for him (wich I don’t really get, but whatever). And somehow he is such a sensitive person, wich doesn’t make things easy, especially as a boy. My mother often says that she is going through the exact same things with him as she already did with me.

Thank you, Jascha. I’m happy that my mother got together with your father when I was one year older than you are now. Honestly. I’m proud to be your brother.


About the Book:

Details:

  • 15 x 20 cm (closed)
  • 240 pages with two different papers (Design Offset 160gm & Lessebo Design 130gm)
  • Linen Cover (Schabert Naturleinen)
  • Open stetch binding
  • Full color offset print

Photo by Jule Wild

 

Photo by Jascha Schattner

Often times when I went home to Jascha, I brought him a disposable camera and developed his pictures at home. I can't even tell you how much I love his photos. Some of them are along his drawings and letters in the book.

 

About Eigensinn

Once upon a time there was a gang of children who weren’t happy with how things were going in their household. Fed up with everyone taking things too serious and no time to play, they threw all their belongings in a garbage bag and run off. Somewhere far away from anyone to tell them what’s right and what’s wrong, they created a new home and called it „Eigensinn“

All we want to do is to publish photography. And not in order to be successful with it, but only to express the idea in the most honest way, without any compromises or distractions. We also made it to our goal to do this for as less money as possible for the consumer. We strongly believe that art is made for the same kind of people as the ones who are creating it in the first place. 

Risks and Challanges

Josh has done a few crowdfunding campaigns already. There are no risks in supporting this project. You either get your reward at the end of March or your money back on the 22th February. The only thing that we are not able to control is the time schedule when it comes to shipping because of corona. So we might need you to be a bit patient. 

Thank you for being here. Honestly. This is only possible because of you. 

Much love,

Josh & Eigensinn 

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