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Humans of the World Editors’ Pick

Following Amy Kellners’ selection of winning images for our HUMANS OF THE WORLD call for entries, this compilation of 20 images, selected by the Life Framer editors represents some of the other talented photographers whose work struck us and left a mark. Each a stunning image worthy of exposure and attention…

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www.bastiendeschamps.com / @ecdemomaniak

From the series Ecdemomania – “Ecdemomania (n): 1) A morbid impulse, or obsession, to travel or wander around. 2) A compulsive wandering away from home. An extended black and white photo-essay started in 2015 which documents years of questioning and travel around the world: from Siberia to India, Iran to the United States, Tibet to Australia. But the places are not especially relevant. This is a mix of reality and daydream. This an attempt to map a part of my own psyche and to create a lexicon of my inside world. Ecdemomania is more the story of an inside journey than an outside one. It’s an invitation to wander and get lost. This on-going body of work counts so far 400 pictures (selected from around 80,000 shots). A frantic race against the clock. Hop a train. Fleeting encounter. Next stop. Fugitive friendship. Jump in a bus. One-night stand. Ride. Clog the drain of time. Fail. Try again. Walk. Be the stranger again. Follow a path. Get lost. Often. Don’t understand. Don’t try to understand. Lose yourself. Let go. Run away. Search. Run after your shadow. Hang on to it anyway. Let it go. Be in motion. Do not stop. Refuse to settle. Do not take root. Only way to fight against the anguish of time passing and its frightening traces. The distance traveled as the only weapon against Chronos. Every kilometer is an illusion of victory.”

Editor’s comment: Although taken well before the recent Coronavirus pandemic, there is something prescient about this image, evoking the worst aspects of it – the fear, tension and uncertainty. With a well controlled blur that heightens the atmosphere, it captures a motion of moving on public transport, a density of strangers’ bodies – things we won’t experience in the same light ever again.