The exultant joy that embraces the whole world and the abysmal sadness that seems to offer no escape – Oliver Raschka's photographs of his sons touch us and stir the inner child living on within us.
Oliver Raschka shows the colourful and exciting first ten years of his two sons in black and white. On 128 pages the viewer participates in the rapid developments of the first years of life of his two boys. At home, at play, after school, at sporting events or when out shopping - Raschka takes pictures from real life. And this is an exciting real life! With great sensitivity and compassion he portrays joy, anger, sadness and wild euphoria. After just a few pages, the viewer is right in the midst of it and conquers the world alongside with the kids.
„My sons are early birds. Their nights end between six and seven o’clock in the morning. After getting up, they are in full swing and with their vivid imagination they take in the world within seconds. The world ain’t enough …! The world ain’t enough! Their childlike thirst for conquest inspired me to the title of this book.“
A father who is reliving parts of his childhood with his sons. Who reflects and knows in every second that these moments will be passing. The remarkable aspect of this book is the masculine perspective on both of his sons. In contemporary photographic art it is mainly women who reflect and interpret their perspective upon their children and their everyday life. Furthermore, the children photographed are mostly girls. Here this indeed is different and thus new and unseen. As with Sally Mann, the gaze is not focused on the family but solely on the children. But in place of a paradise garden, here a limited space has been created in which the boys must above all: Move! Action is the motto! As soon as they wake up, the action starts. And luckily there are two of them and they are in mutual agreement on this point at least. And Raschka is always on board. Never again will growing up be as wonderful as it is with small children. And as Raschka knows that, he takes pictures. With the same vigour as his sons start into their day in the morning.
Raschka's book reveals a gap in contemporary photography.
We as a publishing house are pleased to be able to fill it.