After period of rest and creativity, I recognised, more by chance, the multitude of portraits in my photo library. After a short period of brooding over this, the concept was born.

Contemplating these photos you may feel transferred to a hall of mirrors – always different, always new – this is also how I encounter myself when taking these photographs and through the digital raw editing. A new moment, a new picture – a new human being. Unique. Complete. Alive.

You and I, we are all directly connected. This connection is so fundamental: it is the basis of our existence: embedded in the creation and perceiving ourselves through ourselves in “the other”.

I invite you to take a moment. Click any one of the many pictures and a slideshow will open. Let the moment and the picture become a part of you. Whatever you feel: it is your ‘self’ – through the other.

Love and compassion work through you.

As we are currently approximately 7.7 bn. People on this planet, and as we don’t seem to be decreasing any time soon, I will certainly be busy for a while.

Holger Bartels


THIS WE ARE | DAS SIND WIR is founded by Holger Bartels (Mahatma Padmasambhāva Khalsa Rinpoche Ezechiel). He is Guru Padmasambhāva (Guru Rinpoche) and Apostle in the Grace of Jesus Christ (Saint Mark).