Thursday, May 31, 2007

Urban Wallpaper

These photographs are part of my "Urban Wallpaper" series. I'm interested in how street scenes (including local architecture) reflect and reveal trends in a particular culture, as well as some larger truths about the human condition. In this shot, manikins command the attention of passersby on a New York City street.

Waiting for the Long Island Railroad. The person standing on the other side of the tracks could represent a parallel reality, or vis a vis the schoolgirls, a subjective/objective dichotomy or personal/impersonal paradox.

While the rich pride themselves on their "gated communities," the poverty of a neighborhood can be assessed by the number of locks and barriers on its doors and windows.

In a Lookist society, human beings are reduced to commodities.

Exiting the train into a maze of steel and reflective surfaces.

"The Gates," by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, was a large scale art installation whose effect was to bring together people from all places and cultures in a new kind of experience. The experience of strolling among the giant saffron "Gates" and seeing them unfurl across Central Park, reached across political and religious barriers.

View of Manhattan from the west. I like the contrast of the open water of the river, with the crowded skyline.

I hope you've enjoyed these photos. If you want to see more of my "Urban Wallpaper" series, you can check out my "exhibitions" at www.absolutearts.com/lyndalehmann . All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. Thanks for looking!


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