LENS - Looking Everywhere, No Secrets

Ruth Hartman

McLuhan said “the photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which [is] to encounter the strange and unfamiliar”. The digital lens makes it easier for us to capture the unguarded moments of strangers, making them seem familiar, but can also make us that stranger as we are tracked, in the familiar surroundings of our daily lives, by an unblinking lens, hidden or seen. Candid travel photographs of people going about their daily lives on streets and paths in  Europe and Asia are considered in the context of  what is invasive surveillance and what is artful observation.