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Street Archive (USA) 

Mark Adams explores the impulsive act of walking as an integral aspect of street photography. Taken in various US cities, images in this project explore the contradictions between detachment and assiduity as a way of recording street activity.

Adams’s lens observes the freedom or isolation of individuals roaming the streets which are representative of a European’s view of an American identity. When photographing the vacant thoroughfare, street furniture, parked automobiles and signs are left to provide a voice and act as signifiers for culture or its absence.

These seemingly arbitrary perambulations through the streets of North America are unified through a formal awareness of primary colours, linearity, space and distance. Adams is interested in small events rooted in the experiences of the everyday. This philosophy has parallels with the literary voice of the flaneur or the psychogeographer.

‘Walking is the best way to explore and exploit the city; the changes, shifts, breaks in the cloud helmet, movement of light on water. Drifting purposefully is the recommended mode, tramping asphalted earth in alert reverie, allowing the fiction of an underlying pattern to reveal itself.’ - Ian Sinclair

‘As a member of the crowd that populates the streets, the flâneur participates physically in the text that he observes while performing a transient and aloof autonomy with a “cool but curious eye” that studies the constantly changing spectacle that parades before him.’ - John Rignal

Mark Adams

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