A book with photographs and lyrics
by Andreas J. Hirsch
The Story of the Book
While photographing at an old villa from the late fin de siècle on the hills above Vienna in 2016, in the final months before its demolition, Andreas J. Hirsch immerses himself in memories from the years of his youth in the 1970s, when he was a regular guest at that house.
Combining photography and poetry, he reconnects with his early encounters with literature and music, reflecting on the transformations and experiences involved with coming of age, all interwoven with the distinct character of that very house, which is about to vanish.
“Walking In Your Sleep” is an ode to collective and personal “lost time” as well as a visual and literary meditation on time warps between the turbulences and impending horrors of the 1930s, the upheavals of the 1970s, and the radically changing world of the 21st century.
Dream about a House
It is this house and was
Always this house, which
Rests in different dead-end streets
In valleys deep, with grey clouds overcast And waiting for the storm
— about to hit.
Rooms may shift and rooms
May shuffle, while doors
Kept locked forever, found ajar
One night and ladies’ voices, glasses, Laughter sifting through at last
— and tempting.
About the Book
Andreas J. Hirsch
Walking In Your Sleep
88 Photographs and 33 Songs
21 x 24,5 cm
88 photographs, English text
Hardcover, Offset printed, thread-stitching
Pages of Photography No. 4
Publication date: 2023