Josh Kern ‘Veiled underwater’
Josh Kern has spent the past two years photographing his friends in his home town of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
“I feel like it’s almost impossible to explain what these pictures are about. Like how do you describe the feeling when you roam the streets every night, in search for something you have lost a long time ago? Or how it feels when you are banned from entering almost every pub in your hometown because your friends can’t help but throw glasses, while the barkeepers favourite song plays for the third time & no one around you knows who Ian Curtis is? The feeling that these moments are not enough & too much simultaneously. A rage against this normal life & everyone who’s living it.
I can’t explain it, but I’m convinced that almost every teenager can relate to these feelings. Yet it doesn’t help, because most of them still lie to themselves & try to please everyone they know. I’m happy to have friends like mine. Friends who say yes to who they are & don’t hide their madness. People who have a longing for strong emotions, who laugh when they get knocked down & confuse reality with a dream. People who see beauty in failed journeys. I’m proud to call such people my friends & I would never change them for anything.”