I came across this shot today by Ruben Brulat and was reminded of how isolating and cold the city can be. To some extent it reminds me of the painting Night Hawks by Edward Hopper which depicts a lonely and cool urban setting. We construct these enormous concrete jungles, transportation networks and communication devices in the hope to make life more efficient, more safe and to bring each other closer, but are we actually pulling ourselves away from humanity, from our own humanity? At some point in the future will it be considered uncommon for people to have face-to-face contact with each other out of the home? Will we be more reliant on digitally based relationships than actual ones?

The depiction of the city here while being cold and lonely is also somewhat beautiful. Ruben has captured the unique lighting, geometric shapes and textures of the urban world, with only a few subtle hints of human existence – with the exception of the city forms themselves. When looking at this image my eye initially wonders down the dark road towards the light, before moving up to the buildings to search for signs of life in the windows then eventually down underneath the bridge into the shadows. The image is incredibly still, which I think contributes to the isolation and lifelessness. I feel inspired to take my camera out for a night walk.


Sam Newhouse said...

haha, some of what you said on the first paragraphs sounds a little like the anti social void that facebook has crafted, making it seem more social to go on it as much as possible to gain useless information about when people went to bed last night or what they ate for supper..

Alot of consumer "issues" (haha) have apparently been sold with the web now allowing people to purchase anything, including fresh fruit and probrably even medicines..

Yep, the dawn of the demise of social interaction (face to face) is forever taking over... Ah well


Yeah, we are definitely creatures of convenience. I suppose the plus side is that we have become masters of efficient communication, which has definitely benefited us as a species but we're losing the personal touch.

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