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Illustration by Danyell Thillet

07 Sep

I really appreciate the ethics of this series & the artist’s desire to not objective these people, allowing them to willingly participate in the voyeurism. It creates a really interesting tension. It’s a bit sexy.

artpedia:

Shizuka Yokomizo - From the series ‘Stranger’, 1998.

My motivation for Stranger came from running around London in a car with a ridiculously huge telephoto lens, trying to glimpse unsuspecting people through the windows of their flats. I felt absurd and increasingly frustrated by the one-sidedness of the activity. Aside from the ethics of what I was doing, it was important for me that the subject, a stranger, made eye contact with me while I was photographing. I realised that I needed these people to look back and recognise me equally as a stranger. So I decided to use the format of a simple anonymous letter, which contained the possibility of agreement and time to contemplate taking part (as compared with the speed of a more opportunistic photography), but also maintained the distance (perhaps suspicion) that is part of being strangers.

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