About the Days Ahead | By Ingmar Björn Nolting 

Whenever I think about getting sick, I feel fragile and my heart starts beating fast. It has always been like that. When COVID-19 rapidly spread around the globe in early 2020, I found myself waking up in a world that felt just as fragile. Countries closed their borders. People were urged to shelter at home. Public life started to shut down and within a few days, ordinary life had become unthinkable. My own fear had turned into the fear of a whole society. As a reaction, I started a road trip that took me 25.000 kilometers across Germany under strict precautions.

During this unusual journey, I photographed on the frontlines and in the backyards of the evolving crisis in order to create a personal and comprehensive document of life during this historical period. “About the days ahead” reflects on a changing society, oscillating between collective isolation, fear, despair, and the unconditional desire for improvised normality in unprecedented times.


Ingmar Björn Nolting (1995) lives and works as a freelance photographer in Leipzig, Germany. He studied photography at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and he is a founding member of the DOCKS collective. Ingmar’s long-term projects have been awarded national and international prizes such as the Getty Reportage Grant, World Report Award and a VG Bildkunst Grant. His images have been published in TIME Magazine, Washington Post, Le Monde, ZEIT Magazine, Spiegel, ZEIT, GEO and Stern, among others. Ingmar holds a scholarship of Stiftung Kunstfonds.

Instagram: @ingmarbnolting

Website: https://www.ingmarnolting.de

Photo Essay edited by Alejandra Martínez Moreno