The Exes

PrizeOfficial Selection in Shoot (photo/video)
CompanyKristin Schnell Photography
ArtistKristin Schnell
CreditThe Exes

The series"The Exes" shows the children of my ex partners, from my perspective as a stepmother. For over 100 years, the term stepmother has been negatively affected by the stories of the Brothers Grimm. But there are so many positive examples of stepmothers ,that`s why I am showing the pictures of my stepchildren. I am the mother of a daughter and after 28 years it still feels like a miracle to have led someone safely through life. With changing partnerships, other children came into my life, the children of my partners from past relationships. These children have also enriched my life.

I am drawn to the beauty of birds, their shimmering feathers and their presence in heaven and on earth. They evoke many associations as a symbol for spirituality and the flight of thoughts. And yet he is often a prisoner in human hands, in cages that limit his free flight. The creature of the wind is also the symbol of our limited thoughts, with cages within ourselves. All living beings are affected by our use of the world's resources, especially birds. There are still around 10,000 species of birds around the world, and there are fewer every day. They disappear almost silently.