After spending my first year of college at NYU London, I decided to spend three weeks of my summer traveling around Europe by myself. I flew from country to country, lugging around two bags and a camera, and attempted to see as much as humanly possible in the two or three days I had in each city.
Because of the language barrier and my busy schedule, a majority of the three weeks was spent being a silent observer. With minimal human interaction, I found myself drawn to the environment around me, especially the architecture. I began to analyze the different statues I encountered in each country, realizing that one thing — among many — that Europe does infinitely better than America is statues. Deprived from sleep and attention, I found myself relating to these eternally silent, distant human replications. I saw people passing these statues, taking quick, blurry pictures for their Snapchat or Instagram. I decided to start taking pictures of these statues differently. I stopped taking pictures for myself and instead started taking the pictures for the statues.
It gave me some purpose as I wandered around foreign countries, not knowing anyone, myself included.