Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC, 6/7 – 7/1/2017.
Reception: Tuesday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm.
Gallery-wide show on the theme of the New York City character. My show, ‘In Your Face’, is 15 images shot with me walking nearly head-on into my subjects as they approach me. Find me in the upstairs left-hand gallery.
Also exhibiting are Norman Borden, Neil Lawner, Carol Julien, and Anthony Almeida… Come join us for this fun show.
Artist Statement: “The energy of the city, the density of crowds, is what inspires my various ‘people walking’ photographs. For this series, I am in motion as well as my subjects. I am as much as I dare walking head-on into my subjects as they approach me. I use a normal or slightly wide-angle lens, so I am only several feet away from my subjects at the “moment of impact”. For some reason I find this exhilarating.
It is no accident that I mostly shoot these pictures in Times Square or on Canal Street… as these are among the most pedestrian dense areas of the city. Crossing intersections is the most fruitful, as people are (rightfully) focusing on getting to the other side and maybe not so focused on their cell phones (or on the strange woman coming towards them). I am responding to people as moving shapes, as abstractions. I may be capturing the liveliness of humanity, but I do not want any picture to be “about the person”. I want my people to be anonymous and to represent us all. So if anyone were to stop me, I’d explain that the picture I just took of them really isn’t about them at all.”
Photo by Norman Borden