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Team Blog VII - westrad

My bike rolls quietly over the smooth asphalt. My chain creaks, the handlebars creak. My blood throbs behind my temple, sweat runs off my forehead and the pedals turn with the pounding of my legs.
My gaze glides madly over the grey surface, the breathing rhythm adapts to the gradient of the way.

10 years ago I started riding my bicycle to work - 15 km, 300 meters altitude difference. After my body was used to the strain, my eyes became more open to my surroundings - I first noticed what was lying around "out there". Thrown away one-way deposit bottles, which collected 25 ct would bring the piece - and many dead animals. I thought how careless my fellow men are with their environment. And tried
to artistically deal with the resources given to me.

That photographing dead animals is a taboo here in Germany, and that paying attention to them at all is frowned upon - I didn't realize it until I did. The result for me is to maintain distance - not a staging of effects, not a play with light, but rather documentary, the view straight from above, the picture plane equal to the underground. The fact that I put a tape measure next to it as a size reference underlines my effort to deal with this subject as objectively as possible.
For when I began to collect for this platform, I directly presented two hypotheses that await their falsification:

1.) fewer and fewer animals are road-killed
2.) the individuals which are killed are getting smaller and smaller.

In order to keep the data as clean as possible, I limit the documentation almost exclusively to my daily way to work. I assume (still a hypothesis) that a constant proportion of animals of the respective population is road-killed, and thus conclusions can be drawn by collecting Roadkill both in quantity and species "diversity".

If I didn't have a quarry near my home, I wouldn't have much to document here in a large German city without large waters nearby - especially not after the blackbirds have stayed away.

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