One of Life Framer’s shortlisted photographers for the theme ‘Street Life’ was Italian photographer Michele de Punzio, with a breathtaking image from his series ‘City of Glass’.
Inspired by Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, three haunting, interlocking novels set on the streets of New York, Michele’s work presents a fictional city, an existential map, where each frame contains clues to not just a place, but to a crossroads of the imagination, a complex architecture of expectations, projections and fantasies, and a story of love and mystery.
City of Glass
City of Glass lands in an imaginary New York, as seen in the movies and explored in a long-desired dream. Where random encounters – behind closed doors, glimmers of light, shapes drawn from the night – make up the catalogue of a reality which requires an effort to be comprehended.
A map of existence in which each shot contains a clue to find, a trail to follow.
It is a story of love and mystery. The pursuit of something that was lost, or that never belonged to us completely: our own identity and ability to see. City of Glass is the shadowing of oneself, intertwined with Paul Auster’s detective: only here the photographer searches for himself, and pursues his own visions.