My Name is Florian Genz. My work is based on photography, text and illustration. I share my thoughts, feelings and explorations in a stylized context; in books or other spaces and on screen. So far, all projects shared themes like perception, imagination, deception. They connect historic events to modern matters – and none of them are completed, yet.
My first camera got stolen before I could take a single picture with it. I had won the small point and shoot at a creative writing contest when I was 10. It took me another 14 years to get a second one. In the meantime I would draw comics, write short stories, built elaborate camps in the woods or create virtual arenas in videogames – yet, somehow, I ended up in a 9-5 logistics office job.
Suddenly, stress management was more important than creativity. I spent my life sending stuff all around the world, to places I knew only by their airport code. Without any real prospect I quit. I used my last paycheck to buy another camera and planned on doing something – anything – that didn’t resemble my old life: I figured that new camera out, moved to the other end of Germany and started studying photography.
What started as escapism developed into a way for me to learn from myself and the world by taking pictures of what I care about. That may sound trivial – but up to that point I had spent most of my life trying to escape earth and actively avoided exploring my relationship to it. Photography gave me a reason to change that and provided me with material to share my discoveries with others. When I’m not out on an adventure, I spend my time working on ways to present my pictures, crafting complex spaces to share my thoughts with those interested.