“Oh Summer ‘09. In this picture I had just gotten off work (driving for five hours around Switzerland). … We where hanging out there quite some time because Andrea was living there for some time with his fianće. It is a garden house with a really big garden in the city of Biel. The family of the huge house was on vacation, so we used this opportunity to be there and profit from the amazing garden and the crazy pool. Yes that is me. Before I went in, I cleaned the pool. With this thing (left side of the pool). It was full of dust and insects. After cleaning I slowly got in and tried to make this little boat work but it did not! I asked Myriam to take a photo with the flash.”
Mathias Olivier Ringgenberg
Yes that is me
19,5 x 27 cm, 24 pages
Yes that is me contains a selection of photographs by Mathias Olivier Ringgenberg. In order to reflect the personal process of photographing all images are combined with comments written by the photographer.
“!WOW! That’s me curiously. I think that was my first night at my new room at Lepenweg 12d. Look at the sky, so amazing blue. It was just amazing to wake up like that. Why did I take this? I guess for Facebook.”
“Seriously, this dress looked so gorgeous on her. Maybe it’s not super visible here. She was driving the car around the lake. The window was open and the warm wind was refreshing on our faces.”
Stressing a specific time period the texts allows an insight on the author’s biography. The arrangement of images and texts opens up various ways of reading Matthias Ringgenberg’s continuously caption of his daily life throughout the camera.
“It was summer, we met at a lake and I was walking there, the sun was shining and then in a fluorescent way there was something really shining, like blink, really like shining my eyes almost, blending me. And then I asked ‘What is this? This is like gold or what is it?’ And then I saw its a digital camera, a Canon, a really good one. It was lying on the floor. I said ‘What the fuck…’ and nobody was there and I was saying ‘Hello, is somebody here?’ and I was looking around and there was really nobody. So i just took the camera. And that was then my first camera.”