#vnv52 Week 1: „Everything“


So this year I decided to finally do a 52 project. For those who don’t know, it’s a year long project where a photographer produces one image per week (thus 52) that are usually connected by a common theme. At the Automatic Empire show in Munich I spontaneously decided on trying to express my favorite VNV Nation lyrics through pictures, so here we are. For those of you who don’t know VNV Nation: Check them out now. Their music is powerful and hauntingly beautiful. The lyrics are even more so. Seriously, every time that band releases an album, I’m like „get the fuck out of my head and stop reading my thoughts, Ronan.“ VNV Nation is therapy. Hope. Joy. Rage. Pathos. Passion. Strength. Catharsis.

So anyway, back to the picture. The first week is given to a special quote that played a very important role for me three years ago. My landlady had told me she was canceling my lease, all other places I looked at were either at the ass end of nowhere or too expensive for me, and anyway I was having doubts about my job as I felt I was going nowhere. As is my wont, I began spiralling into despair internally while doing my best not to show it too much on the outside. As I’m about to throw in the towel and just let things happen on their own, along comes a song that starts with these magical words. „Don’t tell me it’s the end of everything. It always seems the darkest before the light.“ It was like a straw to a drowning man, and I clung to it.

Shortly after that, a surprising opportunity opened up to rent a beautiful space right above my girlfriend’s, close to my office. Having a friendly connection with the realtor involved (after we already sourced my gf’s apartment through her), I got bumbed to the top of the queue before the place was even listed. And just like that, the storm clouds cleared.

You’re right, Ronan. It truly does seem the darkest before the light.

As for the picture, my original plan was to do a 52 project featuring Danbo in various situations. I’m glad a better idea came along as Danbo 52s are so cliché by now, but I couldn’t resist featuring him right in the beginning. Perhaps I’ll allow him to pop up a few more times 😉