In celebration of the ongoing LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016, we will be publishing a series of inspiring features on great contemporary street photography. Enjoy!
The quintessential trait of the mundane is, of course, its lack of spectacle. It is recognizable to us; familiar, in its plainness and with its non-event character. Due to those alleged properties, the mundane is a world that gets all too willingly labeled boring and banal. At times we might even feel offended by its lack of sophistication. We believe we know the mundane well, but, unimpressed by its unremarkable nature, we usually choose to look elsewhere…
And yet, much as we try to ignore it, there remains this suspicion that we might not be able to evade it. An inkling that it might contain something that keeps us connected.
The series “Diamond Days” is an exploration of the commonplace. We are shown snippets of the everyday, fragments of moments and ordinary situations. There is a playful touch to this world, a colorful lightness and warmth, a sense of joy; and yet, these unassuming landscapes seem to contain something else. Elusive. Layered. Ambiguous. A somewhat bleaker undercurrent which might pick up on the sensation of slight unease that we often associate with the ordinary.
By carrying signs of human behavior and a way of living, the everyday provides us with a rendering of the now. But it also contains references to a time gone by and challenges us to look back. It exposes our need to make sense of our lives and raises the tricky question of “what could have been.” It confronts us with the notion of missed opportunities and unfulfilled dreams. And it reveals our disposition to fill any void with nostalgia.