Measure and Middle - a journey through Germany during the COVID 19 pandemic

This is the first chapter of “Measure and Middle”. You can find the second chapter here.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of a „measure and middle“ approach to the coronavirus. At that time, 28 February 2020, with less than 50 confirmed infections in Germany, large parts of the population did not believe that the virus could harm this country, which has one of the best healthcare systems and the strongest market economy in Europe. Nevertheless, the virus spread rapidly.

When the crisis began in Germany in March 2020 I had the feeling of having woken up in a different world that I fell asleep in. Everything happened very quickly and felt surreal. The country closed its borders, imposed contact bans and distance regulations. The lockdown began and I decided to photograph society's response to the coronavirus.

My path took me 9000km through Germany during the first wave of COVID-19 in order to create a coherent and personal document of the situation. My photographic essay „Measure and Middle“ examines the state of German society – a nation that is often associated with bureaucracy, control and order – during an exceptional time of crisis.