Growing up in Munich, I’ve known and loved the Oktoberfest for a long time. Because despite common belief and what you see around the city during that time of year, it’s not just about drinking (albeit alcohol does play a major part, as I have to admit…)
For me, it’s always been a special and magical place, full of roller coasters and sweet treats. For years I used to associate large crowds with the Wies’n and being shoved around held a certain nostalgia for our family walk to the festival over the infamous Hackerbrücke that I kept on calling „Oktoberfestbrücke“ for the bigger part of my life. I even remember freaking out, throwing a major tantrum when one year my dad changed our route to a more convenient subway station… (We drove all the way back to walk over the bride in the end).
Of course my views have slightly shifted and evolved in the mean time. While I very much enjoyed the drunk shenanigans in my early adult live, I’m not too keen on the „liquid gold“ anymore and find it ever harder to deal with those who still are slaves to this socially wide spread drug. Yet I still have a deep love for this fest and the vibe it brings to my hometown, especially wearing the traditional Dirndl dress…
…which I asked aspiring photographer Mona Shatry to capture in a very special way.