Remembering Strangers



Digital print (series of 9 prints) 2010


by John Clang

I grew up in a crowded urban city, constantly surrounded by people whom I don’t know. Our brief encounters through my camera left me with very “surface” impressions of them. An impression projected and constricted by the nanoseconds of exposure. In this project, I want to emphasize this impression. These strangers were photographed in various cities such as Mumbai, Naples, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo. By reducing their facial details to the absolute minimum, it allows them to remain as strangers in my mind, preserving a truer representation of how they have entered my life and my memories. From these altered images, I know I was once in close proximity to these strangers. Though I’ll never know more about them, I will continue to be intrigued by the beauty of our chance encounters.