<-- -->
ILOVEYOU_LukasGansterer_ARTICLE

“WHEREVER SMART PEOPLE WORK DOORS ARE UNLOCKED” Steve Wozniak

  • Photography Lukas Gansterer
    Lukas_Gansterer_172x250

    Lukas Gansterer

    Photographer

    The search for the perfect picture is what drives the Viennese photographer Luke Gansterer. His images have one thing in common: the combination of authenticity and credibility. His focus is in the areas of fashion and music combined with a of touch porn.

    lukasgansterer.com

    More from Lukas Gansterer

  • Text Zsuzsanna Toth
    1497360_10202990149456819_153083142_n (1)

    Zsuzsanna Toth

    Editor

    Originally from Budapest, Zsuzsanna moved to Berlin in 2009 after studying Fashion Design in Vienna. She worked 2 years as editorial director at I LOVE YOU MAGAZINE. Her main interest lies in exploring new angles of inspiring stories which range from portraits of creative people to fashion and sociocultural contexts.

    More from Zsuzsanna Toth

Piece of Me

 

While the above quote might be true in a figurative sense, what about when this belief overlaps with reality? When the compulsion to control takes the upper hand, can safety literally slip through our fingers?

A good friend of the editors and staff at I LOVE YOU has lived with this fear for years. The fear of not having locked up. The fear that his life’s work will be snatched away from him. And above all, the fear of having to say good- bye to all that has meaning and paves his way (of life).

And all this, even though he rightly describes himself as an ordinary, exceedingly thoughtful person. His keys in the left pocket, his phone in the right. It’s the little things that produce great comfort, whereas the simplest un- dertakings can lead to the greatest challenges. Through small rituals, self-deceptions, and countless video snippets of locking up, he tries to create the security that has been lost to him.

 .

“In 1999 my apartment was broken into. At the time I was 15. Nothing important was stolen, at that time there was nothing important. But with the newly installed door lock came the fear. One that had been completely foreign to me to that point.”

“Since then, I’ve asked myself everyday: Is everything locked up? Is the heating turned off? The windows closed? Over the years it’s only gotten worse.”

“It started with: I go out the door. I lock it. I turn around and double check.”

“Followed by: From the door of my building I go back to the second floor. I double check.”

“I come back from the corner. Into the house. up to the second floor. I double check.”

 .

“I take the bus 20 minutes back to my house. up to the second floor. I double check. But I quickly broke this habit. This was too weird and above all, too tedious. Somehow I managed to “lock up” and block this issue at a certain distance from my apartment, to accept that I can’t change anything at that point.”

“I am going on vacation. I bring the suitcases and the garbage to the door of the apartment. I lock it. I take the garbage out. Of course I have to go up again. The suitcase is there. And I can also double check the door. I couldn’t check it properly before. I was busy with the garbage.”

“And I’ve never forgotten to lock up.”

“I lock the door, push it. Count: 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3. Three times three. No idea why. And then I’m unsure. I’ve concentrated so much on the numbers themselves that maybe I didn’t really lock up, I just think I did.”

Find the full editorial and read the rest of the story in I LOVE YOU #10 THE CRISIS ISSUE. Buy it here

 

Photography: Lukas Gansterer

Styling: Felix Leblhuber

Styling Assistant: Suiqi Luk

Make up & manicure : Desiree Schloffer

Special Thanks to: BOUTIQUE CHEGINI IN VIENNA, LISKA, STEFFL

I LOVE YOU_SLOE7
Piece of Me
I_LOVE_YOU_MAGAZINE_ACE_AND_TATE_GRID
My Future Ex-Boyfriend
ILOVEYOUMAGAZINE_JasonSilva_GRID
Piece of Me
ILOVEYOUMAGAZINE_andotherstories_handcreme_GRID
My Future Ex-Boyfriend
grid
My Future Ex-Boyfriend
I-LOVE-YOU-MAGAZINE_GALLIANO-MARGIELA_GRID
Piece of Me
converse 2015
Piece of Me
monochromaticyouth_iloveyou_pernille_sandberg_3
My Future Ex-Boyfriend
I-LOVE-YOU_Jealous_GRID
Piece of Me
I_LOVE_YO_MAGAZINE_AGE_COLLAGE_GRID
Piece of Me
iloveyoumagazine_hemsleyandhemsley1
Piece of Me
ILY_Moskau_02221
My Future Ex-Boyfriend
N24A3578_grande
Piece of Me
I_LOVE_YOU_MAGAZINE_ALEXANDER_WANG_GRID
My Future Ex-Boyfriend
ILOVEYOU_MAGAZINE_MARCUS_GAAB_VIKTOR_ROLF_Grid
Piece of Me