This exhibition, titled Humanity and the City, is a series of grayscale images capturing moments of life in cities around the world. I have not included every city or country I have visited. I have not included certain images otherwise favorited, and if I looked again at those I have included, I might have made different decisions. Regardless, these reflect my interpretation of people interacting with their cities. It is the world as I have seen it. The cities here are both large and small, and have elements of both grit and grandeur, of man-made and natural. Some cities border oceans; others mountains, still others along rivers a d others without such natural or obvious features. How and why cities began and grew where they are a function of history, geography, sociology, politics and fate. In so many cases, the people who live in them were born there, or in the same country, and have shared a common culture. To the outsider, there are still certain universal patterns that mark humanity. It is that commonality among the differences I have sought to capture. In reality, though, it is hard to put into words exactly what made one moment resonate to the point of capture. It may have been an expression, or the point/counterpoint moment of contrary elements within the frame, identified by Roland Barthes, or the so-called decisive moment of Henri Cartier-Bresson. It is a subconscious and instinctive reaction, informed by considerable thought as to what makes a city. The use of black and white imagery helps render the focus on patterns and moments, without the distraction of color. These are not abstractions. Rather, they are moments of homage, of respect, to fellow travelers on the planet.
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