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Meryl Spiegel
Since 2002, I’ve been roaming Manhattan, making contact with strangers on walkways and in public spaces through the lens of my camera toward off an increasing sense of alienation. With 35 images to date, Making Contact is a photographic series celebrating the people and places we pass but rarely take the time to notice.
Wandering throughout the city, I record strangers absorbed in daily activities: working, playing, waiting for a bus, or just passing the time. In the process, I’ve observed that the more immersed people are in the moment, the more they harmonize with their urban environment. Also, the longer I wait and watch them,the more comfortable they become with me and my camera.
Sometimes, I encounter a scene that presents the perfect picture; other times I’m drawn to an interesting face, situation or detail and must wait for an image to emerge. Regardless, all the subjects are strangers and none are posed. To convey the complete experience, text is sometimes imbedded into the image portraying how contact was made and depicting the interaction that brought the image into being.