On taking up time

Maike Bergold

“Being a child is like throwing a ball in the air – growing up is watching it fall back down.”
Benedict Wells, Hard Land
In her photographic series ON TAKING UP TIME, Maike Bergold targets the challenges of young people in their twenties.
It is a series about values and beliefs. About timing. About self-love and about failing. About letting go. But above all it is about being vulnerable, this summer.

Maike Bergold

My name is Maike and I am a photographer in my mid-twenties.
Photography for me is one of the best ways to express myself and communicate. During my studies I realized that I am mostly interested in topics concerning mental health and by extent pictures that transfer emotions and give people an opportunity to connect.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Pursuing what I love and hopefully doing so successfully.

What is a good design for you?

Good design is simple, accurate and innovative.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Dealing with my own expectations.

Who or what inspires you?

Everything. It can be something someone said, movies, music obviously, a specific light situation...

How do you approach a new project?

I write down everything I am thinking about concerning this project until my head is empty.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

It might sound corny, but just stay true to yourself and everything else will follow.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I think everyone changes constantly, so yes. Most importantly, I'm a little bit more at peace with myself.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Photography is what I want to do and how I want to express myself. There is no alternative really.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Being broke.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

As there is still a pandemic going on, I will be in my hometown celebrating with my family and close friends and a lot of drinks.

Say hi!

2 comments in total

Lia 2022-02-11 09:29:35

WIe schön, Maike!

Uwe Papa 2021-07-16 18:50:38

Bin tatsächlich im Archiv gelandet. Du warst dein eigenes Model. Jetzt hast du deinen Bachelor!! Herzlichen Glückwunsch 👍

Janina Wesnigk