The blurring of passing people has proved an interesting challenge: to decide the right amount to anonymise people on private property, but still retain a degree of recognisability. I want to keep some character, to suggest who they are, what they look like, but with enough abstraction to allow sufficient scope for the viewer’s imagination. Images on the public street don’t have the same restrictions of privacy (in the U.K.), but I still prefer some blur to show movement, direction and temporality.
The image above is a detail from a larger image (below)
This is approximately half (right-hand side) of a longer series. Linear collage breaking ‘4th wall’ by including people close to camera. Exposures at different times reflected in changing light, clouds and shadow angles. Oxford Road, Manchester, U.K. 2017
An image composed of two framings. One for the lower (exterior) portion (two exposures – the first includes pedestrians on left side and far right, the second for the traffic trails). The other is a composite of 7 exposures for the upper floors, showing the people framed by the windows over a 20 minute period, as they pack up at the end of the working day (4.40 – 5pm).
The location is the Royal Bank of Scotland building on Deansgate, Manchester