The landscape of the American city is full of individuals - each the protagonist of their own lives, navigating immense structures built up around them. Even though these spaces are bustling with people, there is a certain level of isolation present, both in terms of their movements on the street and the social conditions of living in an urban space. Through these images the histories and motives of the individuals can be presented for discussion and speculation, as they add to a cross section of contemporary culture. This series of street photographs aims to discuss the singular and the collective reality of urban experience.
Light works in intriguing ways throughout this cityscape - the shadows of building cut angular shapes on the pavement, the resulting light spaces illuminating these figures as the move throughout. These are ever changing - the patterns moving with the sun. The result is a new phenomena - these light formations create graphic compositions out of the mundane. The light also brings dramatic colour and atmosphere to the scene, reminiscent of chiaroscuro of Renaissance renditions. Warmth, harshness and balanced coolness can all be witnessed, depending on the weather and time, often changing and forming different experiences of the street. These effects can be very distinctly linked to the architecture of American cities, with their tall buildings and geometric street forms.
Tied into this series of images is also the idea of the candid image, in which each figure is not posing for the camera. In reality, these gestures and movements can be seen to signify a greater level of unconscious performance - each of these figures aware in some way of their representation on the street, which is communicated in the way they carry themselves, their actions and even the clothing they choose to wear. The street can be seen as a kind of theatre for these performances, a common ground for these individualities to be realised and offered up for contemplation.