Students from the Department of Design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences explored five very different regions in rural areas from April to December 2015. Photography served the students as a research tool and as a mean to illustrate. They were guided by questions of the program TRAFO, but also of intuition, curiosity and empathy. The medium photography always states something because it edits, reflects and transforms. The photographs create a portrait of a region observing landscapes, people and spaces.