Shot on the streets of Manhattan with a telephoto lens, Louis De Belle‘s Cartographies reduces humanity to the bare minimum visually. De Belle wanted to highlight ordinary things that usually go unnoticed, in particular the minutia of them. In the end the photos take on an unexpected abstraction that tells the stories of commuters through their clothing.
Creases, sweat stains or even dirt, are the only hints one can see. They tell us about an employee’s day at the desk, a commuter’s routine on the subway or a workman’s shift. These few traces, along the folds of the different clothing, become impressions of everyday lives, eventually cartographies of everyone’s journeys.
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