Urban People

These pictures are an eye-level take on the city placing the viewer at street level. They aim to recall the experience of walking in the street, looking around warily, noting things glimpsed on either side, a heightened awareness of people, movement, traffic, visual dazzle.

I think of the street as a place where people display themselves, engaged in what Jonathan Raban in his book Soft City called 'the hazardous but necessary urban art of self-projection'. It is not just the people who are engaged in this self projection; the street itself, and the buildings that flank it, are a display of signals indicating cultural identity.