I bought ‘Mamika‘ a book by Sacha Goldberger a few weeks ago whilst trying to find an original photography book. (running #photography can at times make you urge to see something different, although most of the time it’s inspring.)
In this case it’s not just me escaping reality by immersing myself in someone else’s story, but Frederika (the subject) escaping her reality and in turn allowing Sacha Goldberger to escape his.
I see the series as comforting relationship between a Grandson and Grandmother, the mutual respect and Love they feel for each other allow them to use their strengths to create a gripping story. Frederika’s being her personality and Sacha’s being his photography.
The title ‘Mamika’ means “my little Grandma” which reinforces this idea of comfort and love between the two. But like most stories there is a dark sinister message too. At first we may laugh at images of Grandma Frederika sitting backwards on a bicycle or mistaking an elephant for a mouse, but once we look at the context, we see an elderly lady displaying signs of senility and loneliness. Growing old isn’t easy and this is Sacha and Frederika’s way of coping with it.
I would recommend anyone interested in photography to buy this book, as it’s not only a beautiful concept but the execution of the images is great too.