Eine unter vielen

“The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world „picturesque.”
Susan Sontag

A metropolis is a city with over 100 000 inhabitants. In Germany this criterion is fulfilled by 80 cities, there are several hundred worldwide, of which alone more than 300 are million metropolises. Of the approximately 7.39 billion people, which included the world’s population at the turn of the year 2015/2016, over 50% live in cities. The change occurred in 2007, when for the first time in history more people were living in cities than in rural areas. According to UN forecasts, the relation of urban population is expected to increase to over 60% by 2030 and has reached around 70% in the year 2050.

Life in big cities has a lot to offer. Clubs, restaurants, museums, events. The cultural exchange. And well as the possibility to move around in different ways. But the city is anonymous. Who lives there is just one among many residents. What can be a blessing for some is a curse for others.

What does life in cities look like today? What kind of people live there? How do they move around and what traces do they leave? I explored six cities in the United States of America – New York City, Baltimore MA, Washington DC, Arlington VA, Richmond VA and Pittsburgh PA –  and focused on the street life of these cities. Portraits of the inhabitants mix with fleeting situations and cityscapes. The photographer acts as a silent observer in a foreign city where as well she is only one among many.