Written by Joelcy Kay
Editor & Curator – Edge of Humanity Magazine
Curator – NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY
Built out of inanimate structures, a city and its citizens carry on an unparalleled relationship where the city shelters and allows movement while humans give the metropolis a pulse. Yes, these massive concrete structures are alive. They tease us with their unexplored areas and challenge us to capture daily life in their noxious and dangerous corners.
As a medium for storytelling, cities depict societies of the present and the past. Traditional parades, historic landmarks, clear lakes, or open sewerage, a blue sky, or pollution so heavy one cannot see or even breathe. The city’s tales can bring joy or rage to its citizens, but also serve as irreplaceable witness of human occupation.
The people moving around these massive cement structures bring with them a daily display of what life is at the moment in history. Humans help the city reflect the society within their borders. The anxiety present in a city can be seen by analyzing people’s patience toward each other and the tone of their voice.
Helped by their driver’s love affair with their horns, some cities can shout ‘I’m alive’ with a frenzy that can only be awakened by the smell of food, Oh! The aroma of bread baking…
Some cities are sprinkled with ancient history on their cobblestones. In others, their power grids bleed of poverty and oppression of its citizens depicted in tall divided walls and murals. This cultural richness can be found in the open air, and is for the taking. Street photography allows the integration of structure and flesh to show the life we live today by documenting our history for tomorrow.
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