Near is an ongoing portrait of photographer Katrin Koenning's family, exploring the complexities and challenges of family love, distance and belonging. She started the project in 2005, feeling an urgency to document and understand the significance of what is closest to her. The work is a quiet narrative on the passing of time. The story of Koenning and her family is common to the 21st Century – they are spread across four countries, torn apart and thrown together by migration. They are architects, carpenters, social workers, animators, students and dreamers. They’re divorced, married, old and young. Together, they've come through cancer and suicide.
The images pay tribute to the idea that in the end, we belong to people, rather than places or things.