Of coming of age, solitude and finding comfort in hobby horsing

Ongoing project

I first met Elisabeth whilst shooting a documentary in Neustadt (Ostsee). As we were wrapping up for the day, I noticed a slender girl perfoming strange movements on the shore whilst mimicing horse sounds. Soon after, she was jumping, trotting, splashing water,all whilst holding a toy horse attached to a wooden stick. At that time, I had no idea what hobbyhorsing was or that it was going through a revival - I just knew that this girl seemed out of place and out of time in a beautiful way. 
Since then, three years have passed. Elisabeth is no longer a little girl but a teenager graduating highschool. During our first encounter, I learned that she was born with hearing loss, that in the many schools she attended she had always been an outsider, singled out by her peers for being different, for not catching on as quickly, for not hearing well, for being obsessed with horses rather than “cool stuff”. I wanted to understand what coming of age looks like in this quiet world of introversion and solitude. Currently, this is Elisabeth’s favorite music:

The good mood playlist
E.T. Katy Perry
Bad Blood Taylor Swift
Enemy Imaign Dragons
I Choose Alessiy Cara
Somebody That I Used To Know - Goye
Troublemaker - Olly Murs
The Monster - Rihanna
Main Attraction - Jeremy Renner
Fairytale - Alexander Rybak
Breathe Easy - Blue
Wherever I Go - OneRepublic
Dirty Mind - 3OH!3
High Enough - K.Fla
Shotgun - George Ezra
Walk me Home - P!nk
Rollin - Masked Wolf Remix
Slumber Party - ashnikko
Control - Hasley

The not-so-good-mood playlist
Easy on Me - Adele
Two Birds on a Wire - Regina Spektor
Deep End - Fousheé
Der letzte Song - Kummer
Grenade - Bruno Mars
Mirrors - Justin Timberlake
Brutal (Slowenien + reverb) - Olivia Rodrigo
Happier then Everest - Billie Eilish
New - Daya
Be Alright - Dean Lewis
I'm online a Food for you
idfc - Blackbear
Stiches - Shawn Mendes
Cold - Maroon 5 
Me Too - Meghan Tainor
Call Me By Your Name - Montero
Arcade - Duncan Laurence
Paris - The Chainsmokers
Say something - Christina Auguilera
See you again - Charlie Put

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