“A Higher Perspective”
In 2014 I moved from the United States to France and in 2016 I moved into a new apartment.
I use my camera as a tool to help me understand the world around me. It helps me decipher and adjust to the differences of my new surroundings. Understanding a new culture and language is extraordinarily difficult for me. In the past my approach to photography was strictly street, in your face, up close and personal.
Now, I find myself slowly starting to isolate myself from my subjects, in a greater expanse of view. Getting a little more distance from the people I cannot fully communicate with makes me feel a little safer. I noticed that I do not leave my apartment as often as I used to, feeling a little cutoff and isolated from the things that I used to do.
In this series of work I show the solitude and the awesome beauty that I sometimes see from watching “life” pass me by, high in my perch above the streets. Every time I open the shutters on the windows, I never know what to expect to see; sun, rain, snow, will i see the mountains or will they be covered in a shroud of mist. The distance of my subjects and their anonymity are isolated within a frame full of chaos, complex angles and shapes. I find them mysterious, different and fascinating as they scurry about with their lives. Living on the 7th floor, I spend a lot of time on the balconies looking out at the world below watching . . . dreaming . . . wondering. . . “Who are these people?”, “Where are they are going?”, “What are they going to do?”, “Who are they going to meet?”. As I isolate myself and ponder this from, “A Higher Perspective”.
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