“A Higher Perspective”
In 2014 I moved from the United States to live in France. 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 are extraordinarily difficult. In the past my approach to photography was strictly street, in your face, up close and person
Now, I find myself slowly starting to isolate myself from my subjects, with 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 as I stand there looking down . . . watching . . . dreaming . . . wondering. . . “Who are these people?”, as I isolate myself and ponder this from “A Higher Perspective”.
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