Josh Kern: Love me

“My name is Josh and I like to take pictures. I’m currently studying photography in  Dortmund, Germany.

His new book, Love Me, features his favorite humans and an unforgettable trip to Ukraine, is a mix of honest photography and words from his personal notebooks. 

About one year ago, right after his first book: fuck me, a visual diary of skaters, lovers and self-portraits was published, he started to make a ton of new book dummies : “I can’t even tell you why I was so obsessed with creating something new, but somehow it was the only thing I cared about. I didn’t even have a lot of new images, and still, all I wanted to do was to make stuff without having to socialize.”

About the title “I like the fact it’s two extremes: Fuck me and Love me, and yet they amount to the same kind of thing. I thought a lot about how my photography comes across to other people and how much of myself lies within it. There’s always this space between wanting to be liked by others and wanting to do exactly what feels right to me — I drift into both extremes.”

“For me, love is when you do things for someone or something without expecting something in return. To dedicate yourself. And it doesn’t even have to be a human, it can also be photography for example. A lot of people have a problem with love because they ultimately think it’s about being loved, but I don’t think you will become happy when you’re loved. It’s more the other way round: when you give love, when you give something of yourself.”

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