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“With my ex-wives I always had to fight for love. Not with Jenny. With her I found peace.”

Melissa Faithful for Art-Sheep

Germany-based photographer Sandra Hoyn documented the life of a bizarre couple, Dirk and Jenny, whose bond seems to cuter between any other couple. The only difference than other modern couples, is that Jenny is not a real person but a doll.

Hoyn first met Dirk via an internet forum and decided to document his interesting love story and share it with the world. Dirk, whose real name is not revealed, is 40 years old, works from home and has been married before Jenny. According to Dirk, Jenny came into his life after a psychological breakdown that led him to buy the doll. Dirk believes that the doll loves him the way he does and sees her as a person who came on this earth from another planet.

In Jenny’s Soul, Hoyn captures tender, intimate moments between the two, documenting Dirk’s unconventional lifestyle. His partner stays hidden from his friends and family, even from his child and his ex-wife. One of his biggest fantasies is that one day he will be able to bring Jenny out in the public, while he is afraid of what will happen to her when he grows old. For Dirk, Jenny is a fragile, vulnerable being both on the inside and the outside and he protects and takes care of her. For Hoyn, Dirk and Jenny are nothing more than just an unconventional couple, with a similar routine as everybody, and hopes her images will break through the judgement of Dirk’s relationship choice.


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“Jenny is such a sensitive being. She is so helpless.”

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“It is difficult to clean Jenny from the inside after we have had sex, so I’d rather come outside. In the beginning we had a lot of sex, as it is usual in any relationship when you are newly in love. Now this is no longer so important for us.”

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“Jenny comforts me. She is the best therapist for me. She has completely changed my life, my thinking, my definition of freedom, of love and partnership.”

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“Jenny likes to wear beautiful clothes. But she does not care for brands.”

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“At the moment, I don`t need any other women. Otherwise she would have to share my love with Jenny.”

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“Jenny gives me security. I never want to live without her again. I am moved by her words. The purity, serenity and honesty of her speaking.”

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“I can´t live without love. My loneliness destroyed me.”

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