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City of Glass

BY MICHELE DE PUNZIO

New York, 74 ° longitude West, 40 ° latitude North. No need for coordinates, because this trip is a journey of the soul.

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.

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“On his best walks, he was able to feel that he was nowhere. And this, finally, was all he ever asked of things: to be nowhere. New York was the nowhere he had built around himself, and he realized that he had no intention of ever leaving it again.”

– Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy, City of Glass

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“It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.”

– Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy, City of Glass

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All images © Michele De Punzio

See more here: www.micheledepunzio.it

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