Faraway Streets

Photographs and writing by Elias Moubarak

I’ve been a street photographer for three years now.

Wandering the streets randomly, I’ve been on a constant quest to chase moments, stories and other details in people and their environments. I have always been intrigued by our behavior, our ways and habits that we oftentimes take for granted.

My main interest has been capturing the human condition and revealing it through my lens. I often think that an artist should have some sort of responsibility towards his/her society – especially in our part of the world where we live a form of denial towards certain things occuring around us. Whether it is distressing or amusing situations, I feel the need to capture the effect of time on people. And with time comes stories and eventually questions to ask…

After a long time looking at details and trying to capture them (because I believed they were special), I suddenly felt inspired to do the exact opposite and erase whatever I believed was special.

Or approach it by not having a clear starting point and still challenge myself to capture a scene.

And it turns out there’s more to us than I thought.

Through this process, I’ve realized that by erasing the identity of people, places and moments, we’re able to focus on what is very basic to humankind: The Human Form.

Our eyes are able to translate the blurred forms and try to decipher meaning out of them in our own ways. The photographs end up conveying memories, emotions of solitude or nostalgia – or giving off an alienating feeling that we are all alike, walking towards the same direction, without any purpose whatsoever…

* Read more about this project and see more photographs by Elias Moubarak on his blog: Le Coeur a Droite.

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5 responses to “Faraway Streets

  1. I love the ties you’re making between one’s vision, their reaction to such visions and the psychological process that they undergo in order to create a reality that doesn’t exist out of their own cognition, based on previous knowledge and memories.

    “Our eyes are able to translate the blurred forms and try to decipher meaning out of them in our own ways.”

    Could not agree more about that statement, which is what I believe makes humans somewhat egocentric by nature (not in an offensive way); always tending to relate everything to themselves before accepting its independent existence in the world.

    Great work, and great project, can’t wait to see more of it.

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