Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Clarissa Bonet

May 31, 2017 - Natalie Krick

The click of the shutter has stopped the man in the crosswalk. Disregarding the “Don’t Walk” signal he is forced to pause partially in the street and steps before passing into shadow. The intersection is deserted but he still glances to his right checking for traffic. His eye must struggle in momentary terror when the details in the surrounding shadows vanish. The eye adjusts and therefore succeeds where the photograph fails. Fragments of the city around him are blacked out, recalling the way the city landscape exists in memory. Parts of the city’s surface are observed and remembered while other details are deleted or simply unrecorded.


“The urban space is striking – its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, the endless sea of concrete. City Space is an ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it.  I am interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body. These photographs reconstruct mundane events in the city that I have personally experienced or witnessed in public. Stark light, deep shadow and muted color are visual strategies I explore to describe the city.  I use the city as a stage and transform the physical space into a psychological one. The images I create do not represent a commonality of experience but instead provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.” -Clarissa Bonet


View more of Clarissa Bonet’s work on her website.