Public Domains/Private Lives
This is a series of photos taken of people in various public spaces. Though the people are in a public place, they are engaged in various private acts: reading, dozing off, contemplating, engaging in private conversations or just generally going about their lives. They all seem to a greater or lesser extent to occupy a kind of bubble made up of their own private worlds. Many of the images have a rather furtive, distant quality reminiscent of the snatched photos taken by a voyeur. The themes I am exploring here are the tension between the public and the private, voyeurism and the role of the photographer as a voyeur, the extent to which people in public places reveal or hide their inner private lives and the extent to which the observer can discern that private world.
(None of the people here have been asked for permission to have their photos
taken - the photographs were not "posed", though in some cases
they were aware that they were being photographed - and none of the
photographs were taken with a telescopic lens.)