European Union

This is sousveillance, the view from below, from the French “sous” (below) and “veiller” (to watch). I took my Hasselblad camera out onto the street in full view, announcing myself as someone watching something.

There are examples here from three European capitals: Lisbon, Paris and London. Each city has diverse populations who nevertheless reflect subtle characteristics of their home cities.

My hypothesis has been that an individual reveals a great deal in the public realm because of the feelings of anonymity engendered there, so I’ve used public space to examine private revelations within the flow of everyday events. Most of these images depict people who are seen in private moments, sometimes apparently with inner thoughts and perhaps a psychological narrative.

Lisbon, 1991

Lisbon, 1991

England, 1999

England, 1999

 

France, 2001

France, 2001