“To want to discover something that thought itself cannot think” 1 – is perhaps the reason why some of us look at street photographs, or indeed any photographs.
For me, some photographs create a strong sense of something beyond thought, a stillness. It’s not a static slumping type of stillness, but more a feeling that we are on the brink of an abyss looking beyond, yet indifferent as to time and place. It is difficult to describe because as soon as we bring awareness of it into focused attention, it changes into something else, amenable only to intuition. So we can only approach it sideways, like playing tug of war with ourselves 2