In the words of Calvino:
„With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. […]
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspective deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”
My work, which extends from documentary and cultural to fine art photography, is usually an attempt to shed some light on, or decipher, what cannot easily be comprehended or articulated with words. I am attracted to what is secret and concealed.
In the “Invisible Cities” series I am photographing cities that are dramatically different from each other. But I am trying to focus on something that they – and maybe all cities – have in common: dreams and fears hidden amid alleys, streets and squares. I am looking at dazzling lights, soaring buildings, ancient temples and markets – centuries of human ingenuity and ambition. I am also searching for intimate moments: subtle shadows, anxieties, sorrows and longings. It’s that tension that I find enchanting: fragility of human existence juxtaposed with strength, ambition and patience. And a sense of wonder:
„Cities also believe they are the work of the mind, of chance, but neither the one nor the other suffices to hold up their walls. You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”