THIS story began more than thirty five years ago with the words 'Dear Linda and 'Liebe Christel' as two schoolgirls, one in England, the other in Germany became pen-friends. (It also begins further into the mists of cultural history in a fairy-tale wood, and in many other places.)

Later there two girls met, and after a while their husbands and children met also. It was this relationship which provided my opportunities to live and work in the home of a working-class German family in a small town in the north of Germany.




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Christel: ©Peter Marshall 1985

Independently pictures and writing chronicle - in deliberately different keys - my reactions to those things or happenings which seem to illuminate or indicate the gap between my (our) cultural assumptions and German realities.

Although the pictures shown here were largely taken in Neümunster in 1985, both they and the work as a whole grew out of my experiences over a number of years since 1972. In 1985 I returned and photographed many scenes I had previously visited - and often photographed previously - though usually with different intentions and results. The colour images were deliberately printed on an outmoded Agfa material that give a more aged feel to the tones.

This work was first shown as a part of a Framework group exhibition in Reading, England in 1986. I cannot at the moment locate the colour originals for several pictures, which appear in black and white only, and one picture is missing completely (another is re-used in its place.) I hope to remedy these defects shortly.


 German Indications

  Photographs and text by Peter Marshall

photography and writing are necessarily
fiction-creating enterprises
Any resemblances in this work to actual people places or events
are simply resemblances