Some time ago I fancied looking throughout all my candid streetphotography. The ones I browsed were mostly shot in Asia over the course of more than four years and I was pleased to find stories lurking inside a lot of them. According to Roland Barthes what makes a good photography is “the punctum in the studium,” i.e. a disturbing little detail in the routine of background life, if I understand correctly his thinking. And sure enough the pictures that captured my attention were holding that little disturbing thing making them interesting. I thought that every street had a story to tell. It was up to the photographer to hunt the right moment, Henri Cartier Bresson’s decisive instant, to reveal them. Whether the story happening was actually the one that the viewer would fathom is a point that better not be debated here … Anyhow, those little disturbances were more often than not due to the presence of a human being or more, minding his, her or their own business, creating waves in the fabric of routined reality.
With this selection of images shot around the world I would like to take one step further and break this idea apart. I would remove most of the background to show that there are stories lying inside people themselves or abstractize the person as a fleeing silhouettes in the night to let the environment play its role. Everything shall be created by patches of lights surrounded by darkness, or patches of darkness amidst light, a game of forms creating stories. People and place are then linked in a whole scenario or just single instantaneous happenings.
[This exhibition was part of the collective BOP exhibition at the Copenhagen Photo Festival, June 2011]