I normally don’t photograph people, events or hollywood so the Berlinale is something quite different for me. The nonstop 10 days of socializing can exhaust any introvert into hibernation… although I met many lovely people, I was left feeling empty and have been reflecting why? Most are excited, feeding on the glitz, glamour and parties… I cant help but see the tiredness on the celebs face in between shots, taking moments to themselves by looking down or away. Empty smiles and lusterless eyes humoring the crowd and cameras. Most questions at the conferences are frivolous but the congenial guests answer gladly. The photos I took are pointless, they just feed an insatiable machine. The factory runs, celebs do what they are told, while the photographers shoot as many photo’s their memory card will allow. Gave me the same feeling I get watching an “all you can eat buffet”… or watching kids play Billiards, just pointing the stick in a direction and hoping any ball goes into any pocket… the intention, thought and Art - is lost. I tried to keep true to myself amongst this contrived chaos, but its just not me, doesn’t feel honest. I need to contribute, capture substantial images that must be documented, shared and give me a sense of purpose. Can I hear an Amen!