He met an old man who wanted to improve the world and almost starved to death, a journeyman journeyman, on the way he, who met shortly before he left, got to know his new girlfriend and a young woman who decided on a vacation for a new life. Gerling tells of the big, small, serious and bizarre coincidences and lets his protagonists on stage for a moment come to life. So alive, that one sometimes thinks to know them for years. On the stage he flips the photos under a video camera, projects the pictures onto the screen and tells the stories of the people he was allowed to photograph. In Gerling's magical portrait studies, a light-footed and profound reflection on the fleeting nature of the moment and the significance of the human encounter emerges. The piece "Pictures Learn to Walk by Carrying Them Around" has been invited to numerous international theater festivals. For several years Gerling had wanted to write a book about his first wandering, which was the tenth year in summer 2013. The Berlin Metrolit publishing house approached him and gave him the opportunity to realize this wish. After nine months of work, which was as intense as the time of the wanderings from Berlin to Basel, the book "Learning to walk by carrying them around" appeared on September 9, 2013. The foreword states: "My diaries were originally just destined for me. But when I picked them up again some time ago, I realized that it was a unique summer at that time. Was it the unlikely heat? Was it because Mars came so close to Earth than it has been for thousands of years? Or was it because I got to know country and people from a completely new perspective? Anyway, I felt the desire to tell others, unknown to me, about my trip. "
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