Stephen Waddell’s photographs of street scenes and solitary figures reflect his interest in the figure of the flâneur and his search for the mythical in the everyday. His images of people in the stairwells of the Berlin subway resemble the hundreds of people we may pass in any given day in Toronto. Without any apparent trace of intrusion, they provide a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of anonymous individuals in urban environments across the globe. Revealing beauty in sameness and pleasure in difference, they are tributes to urban living and the plight of the solitary individual.
The installation of Waddell's photographs in St. Andrew subway station, opposite a series of images by British photographer Stephen Gill, sheds light on the intertwined forces of autonomy and dependence in contemporary urban life.
Artist Lecture May 15 - see PROGRAMS > LECTURES