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milieu


milieu â—Š Lars Christian Belous Gamborg


All right reserved Š 2013 Lars Chr. Gamborg Printer: PDQ Print Printed in Auckland, New Zealand Typeface: Minion Pro (Regular), 10/12p


To those gone too soon


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I am a city I have never been good with words, especially in public. Words just don’t come easy to me. But I have my eyes and my imagination. Wherever you go you bring something with you, whether it’s physical or more abstract. Me, I always bring my camera - it’s a part of who I am. The camera is my way of telling about myself and expressing how I feel. I love traveling­. I indulge myself with the great sight and atmosphere of new places, and I feel it becomes a part of me. You are never quite the same person as you were yesterday. Likewise, tomorrow you will be slightly different, yet still open for ­a nother you. Wherever you glance, humans seem to mimic nature’s designs. While this intrinsic design is surprisingly formed by mathematical measures and rules, ­ we ­humans seem to draw inspiration from nature to reflect and affect everything in our society. Streets and buildings are o ­ ften designed based on strong geometrical

­ atterns, and our human nature would p either adapt or reject it. Among a myriad of constructed buildings and alleys, there seem to be a living entity that emerges humans strolling, stressing and moving around from point A to B - maybe even without a fixed purpose. It’s within this social setting, a milieu, wherein something occurs or develops that I want to capture. While I reveal you small glimpses of moments and characters of Auckland downtown, the hidden moments in ­between are as significant as the rest. That is why they are so precious and valuable because they are still yet to be discovered by you. What I find interesting about a city is that I see it as a living organism that is so agile, strong and growing, but yet so unpredictable and fragile. I see beauty in imperfection. I see new ideas and ­letters carved in stone. On busy streets, I see small dreams. I see great lies. I see music and disharmony. I see hopeless people in a real world.

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I see great believers in a dream world. I see people selling art or being art. I see people making a living, and those who wouldn’t care less. I see contrasts and ­contradictions. I see passion and predict­ ions. I see entertainers and heroes, fact and fiction. I see abstraction and reality. I see myself. I would like to thank those who ­­­su­pported and questioned my ideas. Michel Mason who lent her time for my projects.­ I admire the work of Antoine de Saint-­ Exupéry. He opened my eyes. The works of Robert Doisneau, Bruce Davidson and William Klein who have influenced this book project. I acknowledge those who were ­before me, the pioneers in the name of documentary and street photography­ who have inspired me. 11th June 2013 Lars Chr. Gamborg


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Photobook: Milieu  

A street photography project from Auckland city, New Zealand.

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