We’re used to our cities being full of life, but how do they look when all of the activity simply stops? Lucie & Simon put together a photo and film exhibit called Silent World that uses the same neutral density filters that NASA uses for extra-long exposures. This has the added affect of eliminating moving objects like cars and people, so that you’re only left with the stationary. The eeriely beautiful music accompanying the images gives the viewer the feeling that all is not right with this scene. And it’s easy to see why, when you only see one living human being in a sea of structures that were built to house millions. How would you feel if you were in a city all alone? It’s not a true apocalyptic scene, but it is scary all the same, don’t you think?
This is a really thought-provoking exhibition simply because it’s taking our reality and making it unreal. It’s not Hollywood’s take, but I think that it’s even more profound because it is somehow identifiable to any one of us.