Germany 22

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 49

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/12/1967

PLACE OF BIRTH: Hamburg, Germany

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: German/Caucasian

OCCUPATION: photographer

EDUCATION: graduate of high school

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Born and raised in Hamburg, he moved to New York, in the United States, when he was 29 and was still living there at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Emma Petersen (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/03/2017

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in Hamburg, Germany. I remember how green the city is. Of course, that it rains all the time and it’s very gray, but, um, that the quality of life is very high over there, and, um, and I always enjoyed the German gemutlichkeid, um, the time that the people like to spend together.

Um, I moved to America to become a photographer here because, um, um, to work in the high-fashion photography, the chances are much bigger in America. I think, um, that Germans are sometimes over-critical about things and, um, the Americans have a certain lightness about being, which sometimes also tends to be a little bit superficial, but, um, um, they both have their pros and cons, both ways of life. Anyway I chose to be — oh, and of course in Germany you can go as fast as you want to on the Autobahn while you cannot do that here in America.

I don’t know — I studied fashion design first and, uh, one day decided I will never be like Karl Lagerfeld or one of the most successful people, but I thought in the photography I would have had a chance, so I, I switched to the photography, and, um, I always was a very visual person. I have a lot of more opportunities, and I meet here people that I would never have met in Germany, I think.

My favorite German food: It’s probably — it’s a stew made out of carrots and potatoes and onions. The dessert there’s a Bavarian cream, which I really like.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Emma Petersen

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/03/2017

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