Throughout 2013 I produced a social photo project called The City Speaks, posting an image per day from my personal archive of urban street scenes to Facebook and Flickr.
I designed this open-ended curation process with no particular goal in mind other than to surprise/delight my friends and colleagues, and help me reflect on the images I’ve felt compelled to capture over the last two decades.
So far, it’s led me in some interesting directions:
In November, this felonious rat image was selected to be displayed at the Philadelphia International Airport as part of a Philly Photo Day installation.
In February 2014, I used the photos to create an interactive installation for the Tribeca Hacks <Hardware> workshop, exploring how of public art speaks to those who encounter it, and encouraging participants to “speak back,” by recording their reactions to images.
I’m currently creating limited-run prints featuring these images, including wrapping paper, stickers and mugs. I’m also in conversation with companies and researchers interested in using my images to illustrate their sites, or think more deeply about the relationship between public art and politics.
Got thoughts about what else I should with this collection? Drop me a line.