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scenes of intimacy

In Scenes of Intimacy, artist Anne-Laure Maison captures the windows of a city at night, the lit frame revealing the stories within.

Pictured above, the windows of Amsterdam. Below, New York (left) and Prague (right).

“At nightfall, the windows of the flats that are lit up attract more attention than the façade of the buildings that frame them. Lit interiors become real tableaux vivants. The interior takes precedence over the exterior, and we can glimpse moments of people’s intimate lives. I am not actually interested in their intimacy as such, but rather by the space itself – the warmth of a particular light, the twinkling of a Christmas garland or the shimmering glow of a television, the corner of a painting. All these details stir my imagination and inspire my work. When I gaze at these windows, I like to tell myself a story. I capture these intimate moments and build my own structures.” – Anne-Laure Maison

via constant wanderlust

dear photograph

Dear Photograph is a collaborative project that gathers photos from the recent past that align scenes with photos from the distant past in the same location. Beneath each image is a short note to the photograph, reminiscing on past moments. This concept of layering different moments in time is well known, but I like that the final photo that we see only hints at the memories captured within the imagery.

Interview with Nanako Koyama: every morning

I love the quiet routine of the morning time. Discovering Japanese photographer Nanako Koyama and her project Every Morning (via oh, hello there), I was curious to know more about her visual exploration into people and their mornings. Here, a few questions I posed to Nanako:

Why did you choose to explore the connection between people and mornings?
Nanako Koyama: Well, I grew an interest in exploring that which makes someone an individual―like the series ‘5 Stories About Rooms’―this was about exploring peoples’ individualities and idiosyncrasies as well, in a way. Anyway, I was thinking that the moments before breakfast illuminate a person’s real personality, or parts of it. When eating breakfast, one’s brain finally becomes activated. To put it the other way around, before eating breakfast your brain is still kind of asleep and it feels like this is the only waking moment when you’re not really in control of yourself. I just thought this “being yourself” in the morning would be interesting to explore. This is why I chose breakfast as my subject.

I wrote a postscript in Japanese but I’m still working on an English version. I’ll post it as soon as possible too.

How do you approach the people in your photography? Do you know them personally or do you work with people unknown?
Nanako Koyama: For this series I asked my friends if they would let me take their photos. Most of the time I take photos of people I know. I like to take photos after I’ve thought hard about the concept and composition. I do sometimes take photos of strangers. Even though I like to think about concepts or composition though, I mostly take ‘snap shot’ style photographs.

What was something you learned about people during this project?
Nanako Koyama: At first I thought that as the country changes, the culture and people would change along with it to some degree. Because of this I was thinking about exploring a photo series about the differences between people. When I was actually taking photos though, I realized that the differences between countries are very confused and whilst different there were a lot of cultural similarities between the countries, especially in regards to breakfast time. Even now, with national boundaries swept away, these people―my friends―have their own cultural differences and these helped form their individualities. This is what I learned from this series.

Are you still working on the project?
Nanako Koyama: I’m currently working as a studio assistant at the moment and so unfortunately I have little time to travel, however I would like to visit America or some other places where I’ve never been before in the future with this project in mind. So, yes, I can say I’m still working on it.

All photos used with permission from the photographer.

NSFW at Precinct Five

A little project by Alrik that I had a hand in: the NSFW clubhouse at Precinct Five. For a group of runners who like to do things differently.

Fifty People, One Question

Fifty People, One Question is a project by Crush + Lovely who film the answers of 50 people in one place, answering one question. A small peek into the lives and wishes of some people on the street. The question asked in Brooklyn: Where would you like to wake up tomorrow?

Thou Shall Not

thou shall

I spotted this photo in my blog roll, blithely attributed to Ryan Paonessa. Ryan! One of my favorite perks of my job is that I get to work with a cool bunch of researchers around the world. Ryan pitched in on a year-long research project I headed up last year as our voice from Brooklyn. Not only is he taking great pics like this, but he’s also keeping a mobile photolog, OurMoFoto, with his girlfriend Morgan.