I made these photos while in Berlin. The square in the middle of the second photo is a metaphor to the ambitious yet obsessive construction works over there. It is a screen that masks the passing people, representing somehow the dominance of architecture over the citizens. This square is also like a frame that frames a picture, only this time, from the inside out. It is a separation between me ; a stranger discovering the place, and the city itself with its people. From both sides of that square, the people and the photographer become equally anonymous by breaking the visual contact within the photographic contact itself. These photos are as much “constructed” as Berlin itself ; they meet the city by its overly composition. In his work, photographer John Hilliard constructed a kind of screen which is part of the completed image itself, in order to break the transparency and the illusion given by a photo. A screen that obstructs the viewers from entering the very space they would like to enter with the eye and with the mind. So that they are confronted to an opacity rather a transparency. (According to his interview for the Arte series “Contacts” Vol. 3 : Conceptual Photography)
Finally, there is a nod to the “Portrait of Space” pictures by Lee Miller.