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Photographic impressions of a solitary traveller, 1998
"The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes… The flâneur is not attracted to the city’s official realities but to its dark seamy corners, the neglected populations—an unofficial reality behind the façade of bourgeois life that the photographer ‘apprehends,’ as a detective apprehends a criminal." Susan Sontag, On Photography, pages 55/56, Penguin Books 2008
Between 1993 and 1998 I took several solo journeys around the UK and continental Europe with the sole purpose of exploring, observing and taking pictures. I would often seeks spaces which reflect the solitary nature of the traveller as observer.
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