Private City Spaces

Privacy is something that can be hard to find in the city, but the sanctuaries in which people find privacy can reveal a lot about one’s character. My interest  in the built environment has always focused on the environments in which I am not welcome. Whether it is a high security prison, an army base, a private club or a stranger’s home, I have always been fascinated with the environments that are the most unlike my own. I utilized the Kickstart assignment to explore neighborhoods that I had no reason to be in, except to document the private environments of people whom I had never met.

Where do you find privacy in a world that is becoming more and more public everyday?

Makenzie Kressin

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2 thoughts on “Private City Spaces

  1. Please forgive me for directing you to the wikipedia definition of this, but here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A2neur. I’m not sure if we talked about the flaneur when we had your individual meeting, but I think this idea might be very interesting to you. The feeling of otherness in any given space in the city is related to this covert observer, the flaneur. I would read up on it a bit and see if any of it resonates with you. Additionally, the question you pose at the end is an excellent point of departure for inviting your audience to acknowledge their own complicity in the public/private debate. One thing I did notice, formally, is that while you mention that you are not welcome in the environments you photograph, this doesn’t seem apparent. I would think about how you can (if you choose this as an intention) make yourself more voyeuristic, and perhaps your audience will pick up on this when they see your work.

  2. makenzie- for some reason, your photos and what you had to say about them reminded me of the work of zoe strauss. zoe is an artist and photographer that is based in philadelphia. she is beginning to catch the attention of major players in the art world, but her initial exhibitions literally took place in the form of photographic prints pinned up on the walls of highway underpasses in south philadelphia. her work is very much about neighborhood, belonging, and understanding… but at the same time, she is talking about otherness. about marginal subject matter that could be easily ignored, passed over, or unconsidered. she doesn’t necessarily belong to one-or-the-other categories, and in that sense the conversation surrounding her work can cover a lot of ground. worth the looking and consideration i think. -bridget 🙂

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