As part of her project „Au Coin de ma Rue“ (At the Corner of My Street), photographer Barbara Iweins set out to explore the intimacy of strangers she met in the street.
„Since I am young, I am fascinated by strangers,“ she said. „While waiting for a bus, while standing in a line, my eyes are always drawn by a specific person. At that exact moment, I can’t stop wondering what he is thihking, what he is doing, what are his fears and joys.
„Seven years ago, I decided to embrace this obsession and decided to capture some of these people passing with a camera. I bought a 50mm lens, and simply started asking to take their portrait.“
After taking 300 portraits, Iweins decided to photograph 30 of the 300 each year for five years, each time with a different theme.
„7am-7pm,“ which shows the difference between people’s faces in the morning and at night, was her theme in the fourth year of the project.
Iweins said that because of social networks and selfie culture, people have become used to posing.
She wanted to show a more vulnerable side to her subjects.
„When I was asking them five years ago to pose for me in the street, there was a shy look, a bended leg, they were trying to hide behind their bag or something,“ she said.
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