I’ve lived in four countries spread over three continents in my young life and had lost myself somewhere in between. I felt so much purpose and passion within me but didn’t know what to do with it – maybe because I never thought I could ever achieve anything extraordinary, be special. I was a grey person during school; not really being able to make friends during my exchange year in Uruguay – because I didn’t fit in – didn’t help.

Then I stumbled over photography two and a half years ago and it has changed my life.

It has connected me with people from all over the world, may it be on the streets of Uruguay or Manila, young teenage mothers from a less fortunate social class in Germany or fellow young adults in Switzerland who seemed unapproachable to me. Photography has been teaching me a lot of things, one of the most important lessons so far is that people will always be open if you dare to approach them in a kind, nonjudgmental way.

I started my first blog as a 16-years old girl in Uruguay – lost, lonely and struggling with self-hate. I poured my heart out into it and made myself vulnerable because there was nobody who could judge. In the process, I got to know other girls who had similar issues and learnt about the value of opening up and the strength of an online community.

Six years later I’m a very different person, stronger and self-confident, but I’ve always missed the connection that arises from allowing yourself to be vulnerable. So I’m opening up again (even though my blog is public this time), sharing my thoughts and feelings, hoping that my writing helps someone, somehow.

self-portrait with rain