Sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness.
Isolation: n. the process or fact of isolating or being isolated.
Stillness: n. the absence of movement or sound.
Solo: n. a thing done by one person unaccompanied
In the city we rarely find ourselves alone yet we can feel terribly alone in a big crowd. We forget how our space would look like if they were empty. The hustle and bustle during the day with office workers in dull suits hurrying through the big city but by night it transforms to big stage. You can choose to be under the spot light or be the audience. I was the audience this time capturing London’s soloists.
Throughout this shoot I kept in mind the idea of capturing stillness in the city; while everyone is constantly moving, talking or taking selfies you always find the lone ranger among all this noise. That stillness. Losing all other thoughts I captured these moments as honestly as I could.
“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe”
― Susan Cain
In our society being extroverted is a desirable personality trait and we often associate being introverted as something that needs to be changed or seen as a negative. Introverts are often told to “come out their shells” and to interact more with others. Why is being alone seen as something that needs fixing? Being alone in the city is almost a rebellious act of saying “I can be alone in a place where most people are with someone else” I am not saying that every person I captured is an introvert or is lonely. I simply captured that moment as honestly as I could and it is open to interpretation.
Being alone is not always something to be seen as a negative. It is necessary to be in solitude from time to time. There’s no right or wrong in such a complex subject of being alone.
To simplify being alone isn’t always equivalent to being/feeling lonely. Essentially we are all alone in a sense that no one will ever know what we’re thinking or how we’re feeling. We can be surrounded by people but still feel lonely.
Then what makes us lonely? What makes people feel isolated?
In every photograph is a layer of text that are almost like stories or confessions of myself. I intentionally did this to see if this shifted the mood of the images. The aim for these photographs was to be as untouched and honest as I could get them to be; adding my own “confessions” is something that I am not entirely sure about but I wanted this to be unique. I not only do art/photography I also write a lot of poems and hoped to merge all of this together into one.
“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
― Haruki Murakami,
It is something that we can’t define as this ONE thing because everyone is different from each other. This feeling that we can all feel at one point in our lives can’t be described into words. The feeling is and is not at the same time.
I hope that these photographs can provoke a thought, idea or feeling and they’re