Urbalienations

What's in a place? Theses photographs, taken over two continents, query the relations between the subjective perspective of the place, as experienced by us, and the objective perspective, independent from ourselves. With the photographer as a detached voyeur, places fragment into individual spaces: a flight of stairs, a street corner, a construction site. Perspectiveless, they offer a view from nowhere, a mere abstraction divorced from our self experience. But places are also inherently embedded into our way of life. And so, structure and function collide.

This struggle mirrors the duality of our experiences of the postmodern city as both symbolically self supporting and self abandoning. The tension ridden global capitalist city oscillates between a locus of human agency (we act upon it), offering the means to realise ambitions and ideals, and an impersonal world of glass and steel, distant and impervious, a placeless space.

charlesdegaulleairport

Coming together while falling apart

lonetrafficlight

The Tower of Babel

firehydrant

Memento mori

staircases

Onward and upward

officechair

The calm certainty of the irrelevance of it all

midnightoil

Burning the midnight oil

Coming together while falling apart (terminal F, CdG airport, Paris) - 2005

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The Tower of Babel (lone traffic light before construction site, Los Angeles) - 2005

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"The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. Adam was bored because he was alone; therefore Eve was created. Since that moment, boredom entered the world and grew in quantity in exact proportion to the growth of population. Adam was bored alone; then Adam and Eve were bored en famille. After that, the population of the world increased and the nations were bored en masse. To amuse themselves, they hit upon the notion of building a tower so high that it would reach the sky. This notion is just as boring as the tower was high and is a terrible demonstration of how boredom had gained the upper hand. Then they were dispersed around the world, just as people now travel abroad, but they continued to be bored. And what consequences this boredom had: humankind stood tall and fell far, first through Eve, then from the Babylonian tower." - "Either/Or" (1843), Søren Kierkegaard

Memento mori (fire hydrant, Philadelphia) - 2005

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Onward and upward (staircases, Philadelphia) - 2005

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The calm certainty of the irrelevance of it all (office chair, Nice) - 2005

digital photography

Burning the midnight oil (parking structure at night, Los Angeles) - 2005

digital photography