Following the means of ethnographic researchers, 'Present Traces of a Past Existence: A Photographic Research' reshapes the story of the dutch intellectual Etty Hillesum (Middleburg 01.15.1914 - Auschwitz 11.30.1943), her journey, the places and atmospheres about which she writes, combining archive research and photographic intervention. Sounds and words are superimposed on the images in an attempt to give the archived past a new structure.