An Open Letter To London
And the majority of big cities around the word.
When did you stop looking?
When did others no longer become important?
Having spent only a short time in your city I was fascinated by the fact I could shoot peoples images and hardly anyone would even notice the camera I was wielding. Everyone was wrapped up in their own little world and anything outside of that simply either didn't exist or warrant a second look. As a street portrait photographer is was a great place to be, so many subjects so easily captured.
But when you stand back and just watch you realise that living in bubbles simply numbs the populous. Time and time again I saw people rushing to get some place else, eyes transfixed on nothing but the road ahead or down at a screen. You're no longer able to see what is around you. Did anyone see the street performer dressed in dirty clothes with a harmonica stash a few cans of strong larger away in his coat? Fuel to numb the day. Did anyone notice the old dear counting out the coins she had before going into the shop, hoping that she had enough to possibly eat something.
Did anyone notice him, sat a table, drinking tea, trying to make it last so he at least had somewhere to sit. The clothes he wore ripped and dirty, the rubber band worn not over just the one glove but both, neither glove matching the other. Business men sat next to him but he's not really there.
life is easier to deal with when you stop looking, it stops being important and you get to go about your life without any feelings for what makes you uncomfortable. But because you choose not to look does not stop it from happening, you see it in your peripheral vision and the constant desire to not acknowledge makes it all the more obvious. You seem though to have grown hardened and weary and in doing so you are losing you humanity.
All it took was a nod and a smile, in return I got a smile back.
Dear London, its time to open your eyes again.
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