Wish You Were Here is a series inspired by the concept of the Flâneur (n. someone who is a casual wanderer, observer and reporter of street-life in the modern city), a term first introduced by French poet, Benjamin Baudelaire, and developed further by Walter Benjamin.
This collection of photographs features images from cities around the world, including Paris, Seattle, Istanbul, Portland, Malaga, Porto, Washington, DC and Göteborg. All cities, I have had the pleasure of exploring and observing on foot. Walking with only my polaroid camera and film in tow, I observe with my eyes, recording with my camera the quiet moments of these places. In a time of technologically driven connectivity, where we increasingly live through our mobile phones and shape our stories through social media applications, Wish You Were Here is about longing to be here - in the present moment, a longing to be be a part of life outside of technological advances and looking towards the past.
As, art historian Kristen Seale describes in her essay, 'Eye-swiping London: Iain Sinclair, photography and the flâneur', "The flâneur’s movement creates anachrony: he travels urban space, the space of modernity, but is forever looking to the past. He reverts to his memory of the city and rejects the self-enunciative authority of any technically reproduced image. The photographer’s engagement with visual technology is similarly ambivalent. The photographer reiterates the trajectory of technological advance through his or her acculturation to new technologies, yet the authority of this trajectory is challenged by photography’s product: the photograph, a material memory which is only understood by looking away from the future, by reading retrospectively." (Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London, Volume 3 Number 2 (September 2005)