“CK Goldiing, a photographer from Sheffield in the UK, and Ivohé, a London-based singer-songwriter – ‘two friends hanging out… ready to shoot later that day’. This is how the story of Vitae started. ‘As we finished our coffees, she went to the bathroom. Three minutes later, she returned, with a helpless look in her eyes. Right there, in front of me, she broke down. I’d never seen her do this before, though I did know she battles with depression’, Goldiing recalls.
‘Depression creeps up on you when you least expect it. I had a panic attack (…), cried in front of him, and just let my emotions flow. I felt so much, and at the same time, nothing at all: too much, too little’ Ivohé explains. Originally from Germany, the 21-year-old woman says: ‘before I moved to London, I knew it was going to be hard. I thought I was prepared, but depression follows you wherever you are, and it unleashes its wings at times you can’t comprehend its timing.’ She adds: ‘I’m learning how to breathe in this sticky mist, built so narrowly – it makes you wonder how much more this city can take.’
Not sure of what to do, the photographer suggested they cancelled the shoot, until Ivohé said, ‘no fuck it, I’m doing this!’ ‘Someone recently told me that the most important thing you can do is stick it out, keep going, even though you feel like drowning,’ the singer says.
Two months later, CK still hadn’t touched the images, let alone published them anywhere. ‘I simply couldn’t see how dropping them on Instagram, for example, would do justice to the vulnerability and bravery my friend showed that day,’ he explains. So he decided to ring the young music artist and asked her if she’d be willing to compose five songs about the emotions she felt that day, in order to later merge the photographs and the audio. ‘I wanted to see if images could be experienced on a deeper, more immersive level,’ the photographer says.
The avant-garde series of audible images thus came to life and was named Vitae, which means ‘living’ in Latin. ‘The word not only reflects my keenness to breathe new life into how we experience photographs, but also honours how lucky we are, as humans, to be alive – able to experience highs, lows, lights, shades, braveries and vulnerabilities,’ Goldiing states.
In the following Q&A, the English photographer further explains why he used this format and talks about the aim of the project as well. (…)”