16 Bars Project
I spent three years researching and visiting prisons, prisoners and ex-prisoners across Germany. I did this because I wanted to understand what happens to a person when they have their physical freedom taken away from them and what the stigma prison does once you are released. What I learnt was far more than that, spanning from education and medical support inside the so called correctional facilities (or the lack of) to chances it can hold.
This is a portrait photo series of the people that I met and their stories.
Voices Of Life
I met Esther through the work of the 16 Bars Project. Her voice and her positive spirit impressed me. She was tricked into forced prostitution at young age and later got imprisoned for smuggling drugs in an attempt to pay her mother's medical bills.
In this little film, she reflects on her story and why she never gives up.