This set of photographs by Snezhana von Büdingen is called Meeting Sofie. In it, she chronicles the life and family of a young woman with down syndrome, the aforementioned Sofie. She lives on a farm in a deeply rural part of Germany where her father, an antiques dealer, stores a lot of his antiques. This makes for some incredible scenes as von Büdingen is able to find incredible props and objects to put into her photographs, which are all already there – not added to try and find a narrative which doesn’t really exist. And while there is no grand narrative in these images, the connections between family members and the space in which they live provide meaning of their own.
Such beautiful work!
Check out more of von Büdingen’s photography on her website here.