My intent in photography is based on my deep interest in spatial appearances, which query the existing state of mind by asking for transformations on social meaning, aging, utilization, occupancy and adoption of common spaces. Those spaces only sometimes called architecture.

Photography to me always was much more than a tool to research in the field of architecture: it is my method to study the relation between people and its use of space.

To uncover and expose the differences and characteristics of „settling in“ leads to a confrontation with our dreams and wishes about social coexistence and our own private needs. „Settling in“ can be a lot more than furnishing into a space: it also means to acquire in a situation, a community, a time, certain circumstances or a change of attitude.

The question, how people adopt space, how they exploit and modify its realities and settle in by furnishing their lives is also the story of a sustainable use of appropriate space.

My field of interest includes designed and planned spaces as much as „unplanned“, assembled or natural spaces. Sometimes it does not even make sense to distinguish the one from the other, while spaces often tell their stories by its appearance not by its concept.

Since I work in two disciplines: photography and architecture; I constantly work on syntheses, overlappings, intersections and common questions, rather than showing the „best glimpse“ of a building. My interest lies in the visible state of changes, in transformation of buildings, homes and rooms.

In my photography, reflections revolve around the way space is used by different people or by a community.

My work as a photographer has been established as an independent expression of my ideas and thoughts, although it has always been determined by architectonical influenced methods and vice versa.

Shacks is the actual and so far unpublished series of photographs which are taken on Venice a project of my Artist in residency at the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani in 2017. The shacks and objects next a commercial beach show my interest in the adoption of space, in occupancy of common spaces for semi common use. The process of adapting and settling in spaces, common and private, is in focus of my photographic work for several years.

The photographs of the Wunschhaus Project show seemingly abandoned buildings in Eastern Germany from the last decade. The buildings are empty or seem to be empty, time already show some of it`s remarks. A transition started, although nothing seem to happen. A state of Waiting, Desires, Expections and Non Visible.


The work of built natures / gebaute Bilder von Natur Japan/ Germany 2016 deals with the relationship between built environments and nature, in places where autonomous images of build natures  uprise.


Homestories is probably the most personal project, since it shows homes, abandoned by it`s inhabitants for different reasons. There are leftovers like clothes, furnitures, personal belongings – not all of them, but some artifacts of a persons life. In Sarahs House everything left is connected to the house, like the doorframes, the cleaned fireplace, the pool with dust on the water…  In Luisas House it seems, she just left for walk and will come back soon, but she is not. These left apartments and houses show a material heritage of people; all kinds of imprints leave their homes as incomplete pictures.



My project Y.R. shows spatial artefacts of the self organized life in the famous and legendary student house Yoshida Ryo in Kyoto.



 My series sweetness restored was taken at the island of Mazzorbo and thematises the aging of the housing by italian architect Giancarlo di Carlo. Aging is understood a process of slow invisible transformation of a building. 






all images © Kay Fingerle 1999 – 2018      .       back to start