"Where am I? Why am I here?" asks Sarah, a 24-year-old Syrian refugee who was recently photographed by Charlotte Schmitz. Schmitz used a Polaroid camera so her subjects could write their thoughts directly onto the photos. "Everyone could tell freely what he or she thinks or feels," she said.
Hamase, an 8-year-old from Iran, wrote, "My father is here because of me and my future." The translations were provided by Schmitz.
Sajid, 17, wrote, "I'm alone."
Wasiem points out the boat that he and 300 other people arrived on.
A young boy wrote his name, Andy Elias. Schmitz went to Idomeni, a Greek town on the Macedonian border; Lesbos, a Greek island off the coast of Turkey; and Lageso, a refugee center in Berlin.
"I love Maryam so much," said Dawoud Shah, left. "We left Afghanistan three days after our wedding."
"Because I'm Christian, I can't stay in my country," said Farzad, a 24-year-old from Iran. "I left everything for my believing, but God is faithful."
This photo identifies a family from Baghlan, Afghanistan: Romina, Ameneh, Reza, Sonja and Roya.
"I am strong, I can work," wrote this 14-year-old from Syria's Aleppo state.
"I love Star Wars," wrote Soheil Khan, who is from Baghdad, Afghanistan. The translation of the rest, as he explained to Schmitz, was "I'm empty inside."
"I smoke because of Lageso," said Husin, who is from Iraq. Schmitz said it can take weeks for migrants to be registered at the German refugee center.
"I see only humans, not humanity," it says on this photo of Dappy and Josh. They met in Turkey and have been traveling together for about two years.
Azizi Shabnan and Azizi Abdul Shahi pose together. The translation: "I would like to live my life with this lovely woman in this nice country."
"I will be free after Lageso," wrote Majd, 25.
There are drawings on this Polaroid of Asmaa, 12; Rabea, 9; and Raoah, 8. "This is our house in Syria," it says on top.
"I am a singer who was banned from his profession and searching for freedom," wrote Arvash, a 30-year-old from Tehran, Iran.
Hani wrote, "I need freedom."
"Whatever it is, it's better than Iran," wrote Reza, a 27-year-old from Ahwaz, Iran.
Faisal Wallo, 29, wrote: "I live in Turkey to work and to feed my children. I was studying history in Syria at Aleppo University. I used to teach at school."