Some time ago, I asked a friend of mine, whether I could make pictures of him in his stormtrooper uniform. As you might imagine, he said yes. There was a whole storm of ideas racing through my mind, some of which might come in the future.

The idea that prevailed was to set the sci-fi uniform in contrast to the futuristic architecture of the Ruhr-Uni-Bochum. I think, it’s a good fit. The uniform is highly iconic and dehumanizes the subject and the architecture that we see here is surely not inviting to the individual, either. It is still – at least to me – an ironic contrast. We tend to conceive of stormtroopers as hapless warriors, but their roots certainly lie in the horrific past of Germany, something that the university stands firmly against with all its values, even though it looks so uninviting.