Photo Gallery: Private Moments in Public Places

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Does living in cities bring us closer to others, or does it, paradoxically, isolate us among the throngs that make up a lonely crowd? That’s the question South Korea-based photographer Eric Perriard’s Urban Souls brings to mind, with its images of solitary citizens wandering around a Seoul cityscape that is otherwise devoid of human life. A response to the news that, since 2008, more people have lived in metropolitan areas than rural places, the photos attempt to capture moments of isolated contemplation — and even reverie — that might seem impossible in the midst of a populous city. But, as Perriard writes, they also betray the bias of the photographer: “[A]s I embarked upon this work, I realized that I was photographing my own perception of these situations. I wanted to describe a moment of stillness in a hasty daily life.” Click through to see a selection of photos from the series, and visit Perriard’s website to learn more about his work.

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #3, 2008 [Spotted via Beautiful/Decay]

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #4, 2008

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #1, 2008

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #2, 2008

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #7, 2009

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #9, 2009

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #5, 2008

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #6, 2009

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #8, 2009

Eric Perriard, Urban Soul #10, 2009