We pass people on the street every day without making eye contact or even acknowledging their presence. We are connected to our music, our phones, our technology, but not necessarilty to the people around us. I have chosen to share a momentary, public intimacy with those passersby so that I can gaze longer at their faces and value their humanity. We need each other in this world. Awareness of the people around me is the first step toward appreciation of who I am and who they are, whether those relationships remain anonymous, or become more revealing over time.
This ongoing project started in March, 2014 and includes photographs made in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.
More of this series can be seen on my website at http://www.paulmatzner.com/f282907006