Beside the grand canvas of the city’s walls and in the shape of its shadows, there are instances of visual grace that a photograph can reveal. Occasionally, a figurative gesture aligns with the geometry of the surrounding walls; the person strides into the space exactly in front of the square of light, and the poetry in that brief moment comes into view.
There is always a tenuous intimacy in the public space of the city, our separate lives in passing proximity. I’m interested in the way the city facilitates a common sense of place and what psychologists call contiguity: the way we form associations to objects simply because they are next to something we know. I am exploring the idea that the recognition of a stranger’s familiar gesture reduces our perception of the scale of the space.
At street level, my camera allows me to be both an observer and a participant. Photography, with its process of attention and discovery, identifies and defines subject and context. My photographs are descriptions, but they are also translations. My experience of the city is from an outsider’s point of view. In photographing, I am locating myself and learning the city. When I edit, I layer in scanned painted surfaces and amplify the figure/ground relationships- between the subject and the space, between myself and the city.