Introduction

Capturing what the mind ignores

We pass through places without really seeing them or even realising what we see.

My camera and I capture what the eye could see but the mind generally ignores: the fleeting images that inform our understanding of the world without us even realising they are there.

As an architect, urbanist and social scientist, I am interested in the "designed" or "intended" form and function of urban spaces as well as their "lived reality" and overall "sense of place" surrounding each of them.

To say this in another way, The phenomenon of being in a place is comprised of much more than what is designed and built. The experience is also shaped by social and historical contexts, current activity, and peoples shared understanding of the place. All these things work together to inform what we perceive as reality.

For me, each shop window becomes a full length motion picture revealing layer upon layer of social reality. Every puddle and each car fender provide a kaleidoscope of vibrant images waiting to be discovered. In the blink of an eye or the subtle shift of lens, a reflection can transform completely.

 

 

Dr Shannon Chance

Dr Shannon Chance

Eyes on Dame Street

Eyes on Dame Street