As the searing light streams down between buildings, reflects off locked windows, and strikes small patches of the city, it brings to life the people – the strangers – as they walk quietly, solemnly by. All deep in thought or self-absorbed, oblivious to their surrounds. There is a certain loneliness in the rush to and from the office; the daily commute; the packed street corners at peak hour.
This is where the disconnected masses gather.
At a glance, it’s just a sea of faces without a story to tell. A wall of people that keep you at arm’s length. But if you look a little closer at these moments; at a gesture, a look, an expression – you’ll see a flash of familiarity in their loneliness. An almost un-noticed connection that existed for a fraction of a second, but was captured forever. Taken on the ever-changing backdrop of the street, these images are social documents of a moment in time, in a fleeting world. There’s no rehearsal. No staging. No redos. Just a photographer stopping time in the split-second that subject and light intersect.
‘All the lonely people’ is an exhibition by photography collective, Outsiders. Its members, Sam Ferris, Mike Keevers, and Greg Marsden, were drawn together in 2015 by their mutual interest and passion for documenting daily life. Their photographs capture purely candid moments and bring to life the light and colour of the street, something often overlooked amidst the daily grind.
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