HOPE – BY ALEXANDER VON WIEDENBECK
It can be summed up in one sentence that this was by far the worst and at the same time most wonderful trip of my life so far. Terrible on the one hand due to the disastrous and in fact surreal living conditions of the children on the Philippines. On the other hand, though these children opened up my heart so much more than I had ever thought possible. The hope, faith and love of these children is much greater than the world they live in.
“They told me it’s a different world but I answered, no, it’s the same world!”
But let’s go back to the beginning. It was the thought of giving something back. With all the countless advertising productions, fashion shoots, portraits around the world I have experienced and seen a great deal, usually just good things. I have met inspiring people, travelled to magical places and experienced intense moments. The world has given me a great deal, it’s about time I returned the favor. But how, where and above all with whom? So I wrote to ten German aid organizations and offered my support and more importantly presented my vision of a pioneering social responsibility project within the photography industry. Following numerous talks, considerations and after comparing the brutal facts I then chose the “Aktionsgruppe Kinder in Not e.V.” from Windhagen with its projects on the Philippines. Children living in cemeteries, rubbish dumps, forced child prostitution were concepts that had stopped me in my tracks and moved me to start here.