Strangers in the city
transient, a glance, then gone
Never to know
thoughts, hopes, dreams
Over 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. We build dense constructs in which to live and work. The buildings are as transient as the people who pass through them daily, in ever increasing numbers. We live cheek by jowl with our neighbours with opinion divided as to whether this is psychologically sustainable. Will cities prove to be sheltering, stimulating and vibrant - or places of disorder, alienation and loneliness for their human inhabitants?
I am conflicted by living in both country and city, and bring this perspective to my work. I try to understand and resolve my feelings about the city by walking and being with the flow of people through the city. I see fragments of their expressions, reactions and persona as they pass. Who are they? What are they thinking?