I am creating the “passing by” series of collages while traveling through various cities and countries. Immersing myself into the atmosphere of these locations, that represent many different walks of life, I photograph people passing by. They are walking, on bicycles, swimming and using boats or escalators. While I assemble the images taken, new environmental graphics emerge. They portray the movement, energy and patterns that people create on their journeys passing by these places. They mirror the social, environmental, architectural and functional fabric of each location. As I experienced it while shooting and composing the images, the viewer first sees a graphic pattern and then on closer examination discovers individual people, who give the place true purpose and meaning. This is a long term project telling the timeless story of interplay between humans and their urban environment in a photographically unconventional way.
I have been intrigued by areas of Los Angeles that, without purpose, look like movie sets right after the crew has left. Photographed as scenic canvases they invite the viewer to imagine characters and a plot. Are these places utilized as sets for Reality or is their creation inspired by what has been shown on screens ?
What makes these settings fascinating to me is the visual evidence of human creativity in an unintended, almost accidental way. Sometimes these scenes are ironically invadad by nature, which could manifest itself in the image through a narrative or graphicallly.
Over the last ten years, utilizing a large format field camera and color negative film I have been aiming to capture these cityscapes objectively and in great detail. The photographs have not been manipulated, they are straightforward documents of space and time, then and now.