This ongoing project stems from the sense of isolation that I felt when moving to Sydney in 2008. I went on a whim, without knowing anyone who lived there and so stepped into a new world.

The city was huge and its tempo completely disoriented me. This was further intensified by the strange phenomenon of light in this setting. Raking down the city’s streets and reflecting off the expansive glass surfaces, it seemed to punctuate my loneliness.

But once I began to use photography as a way of exploring and making sense of my place within Sydney’s matrices, I found it to be dynamic and vibrant; a city alive with rapidity and burgeoning possibilities.

The light that originally made me feel exposed while walking the streets became a tool that reflected my perceptions of the strangeness, beauty and struggle of everyday life.

—Sam Ferris

Editors’ Note: You can learn more about Ferris in this excellent interview, titled ”Breaking the Rules”.