State of play
11 Jan, 2023
STATE OF PLAY (2019 - 2022) is about the puberty of two brothers in times in which the whole world is facing a new turning point. It's a state report about a brief period in life in which children become teens and their bodies and minds are completely rebuilt. As if puberty isn’t already an immense stress test for teens to cope with themselves and their environment, the consequences of the pandemic, the war in the Ukraine or climate change affects them all at once. This lead to an increase in their confusion and intensifies their feelings of isolation and rebellion to the point of complete overwhelm and pure indifference. Moments of joy, exuberance and friendship are pushed into the background, but gain a great deal of importance as a result. In summary, STATE OF PLAY is a declaration of love from a father to his sons and shows also a humorous view on the absurdities of everyday life. A visual sociology of everyday moments of teens on their roller coaster of emotions in tense times. With great sensitivity and empathy, Oliver Raschka frames the identity of two brothers and experiences youthhood once again and his relationship to his father.
Oliver Raschka studied and holds a doctorate in the field of behavioral economics. This helps him to capture the dynamics and specifics of social relationships in his photography. For many years, the photographic autodidact has been dealing with the subject of family and the search for his own identity in documentary format. He loves black-and-white photography, coffee is the drug of his choice, and loud rock music is what he likes. He lives with his family in Stuttgart, Germany. STATE OF PLAY (2019 - 2022) is the continuation of the long-term project of Oliver Raschka documenting the everyday life of his sons. A book is in preparation. A first book titled THE WORLD AIN’T ENOUGH … celebrating the first ten years of their life was published in 2020 via BUMMBUMM BOOKS (Cologne, Germany). The book received a lot of recognition in the international press and magazines and won several awards. His work is published and awarded internationally and nationally, e. g. German Photobook Prize 20|21, Gomma Grant Shortlist 2020, BIFA Awards 2020, Der Spiegel, Eltern family, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Lenscratch, Schwarzweiss Magazin, German Photographic Academy, AINT-BAD Magazine, Lensculture, Dodho Magazine, Photographie Magazin, C4 Journal, Loupe Magazine, Hamburger Eyes Magazine, kwerfeldein, C41 Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, Opus Fotopreis, Seltmann Fotopreis.