In her series 'Cityscapes', the North American photographer creates haunting images of urban life.

Photographs of the mysterious side of urban life by Clarissa Bonet
Chicago - DEC 13, 2013

The Chicago based photographer Clarissa Bonet has a very particular vision of the city. In her ongoing series Cityscapes she captures her personal perception of the urban environment as a somber, emotionally charged space that renders its inhabitants anonymous.

Photographs of the mysterious side of urban life by Clarissa Bonet

Her images transform the physical space of the city into a psychological one, reconstructing the each scene from a combination of emotional perceptions and past experiences. In her artist statement, she explains that in her opinion "the urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious building, crowds of anonymous people, and endless seas of concrete constantly intrigue me." This is evident in the dramatic images that make up the series that could really be thought of as emotional interpretations of the cityscape.

Photographs of the mysterious side of urban life by Clarissa Bonet

Bonet introduces powerful visual strategies that transform the images from simple street photography to metaphors of the contemporary urban lifestyle. The extremely contrasted use of natural light and shadows and her ability to transmit a general stillness even in images that show movement is what makes her work so explicitly emotional.

Photographs of the mysterious side of urban life by Clarissa Bonet

The protagonist of the image, human or architectural, is transformed into a manifestation of an emotional state and the scene that unfolds in the image speaks of the human psyche and its relationship with the city. Even the most mundane of acts, like crossing the street, speaks of the intense effect of the urban environment on daily life, expressed through the anonymous characters that appear in the photographs, so devoid of individual identity that they seem to blend in with their surroundings.

Photographs of the mysterious side of urban life by Clarissa Bonet

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