Delighted to have The Guardian review my on-going project, The Commute.
Here’s the write-up:
The urban commuter is a potent subject which has long fascinated photographers. Both ’08:24′ and ’16.50′ are distinguished by their use of a central subject making eye contact with the camera. Walker Evans or more recently, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, went to great, devious lengths to ensure that passers-by were oblivious that they were being photographed. These pictures by Kristian suggest that equally compelling results can be achieved when subjects confront the viewer. Kristian’s use of focus and lighting to isolate and highlight key elements in the remaining shots is well-judged, accomplished, and highly impressive. ’18.16′ is a compositional triumph, and a persuasive image of city life. There are two people in the picture, yet each is isolated by the positioning of the window frame. The sleeper, with his features obscured by markings on the glass recalls Dryden Goodwin’s Cast series.Back to press >