Every time I walk across a city, I can feel that mysterious relationship that connects people to their urban surroundings – a relationship as unique as the cities themselves.

But in order to unveil this relationship, I needed to look at cities in an entirely new way: not for what they are, but for what they could be. My vision of these cities is thus tinted with dreams, the only way I found to express the fleeting essence of urban life.

This is what Dreams of a city is trying to convey: fragments of that invisible relationship that has always existed, and will continue to exist between people and the city they belong to, consciously and unconsciously.

Marie Laigneau

 

about me

I am a London-based street photographer who enjoy travelling to the world’s biggest cities to capture the fleeting essence of urban life, projecting my dreams and fantasy into ordinary scenes. My work has been exhibited in several venues around the US, and published in several key magazines such as Leica Fotographie International and National Geographic. My love for storytelling and composition has led me to publish my first eBook: Creating Impact - Storytelling in Street Photography. I also manage the Black and White Street.com photography community on Facebook, alongside a fantastic team of photographers and mentors.

 

dreams of a city

My current work explores the relationship between people and the city they belong to, either consciously or unconsciously. Every time I walk across a city, I can feel that mysterious relationship connecting people and their urban surroundings – a relationship as unique as the cities themselves. But to unveil this relationship, I needed to look at cities in an entirely new way: not for what they are, but for what they could be. My vision of these cities is thus tinted with dreams, the only way I found to express the fleeting essence of urban life.

Through the use of light, shadow play and reflections, the cities we’ve known forever take the substance of dreams - ethereal and mysterious, foreign and strange. Light, and the absence of light, is a significant element in my work. I see darkness as the necessary pendant of light; one cannot exist without the other. Capturing this opposition has been a constant need, and has emerged as a recurring theme in many of my images.

To bring this vision to life, I have been using black & white photography. For me, black and white is the realm of forgotten memories – a world liberated from the constraints of time and space, and yet, a world that we seem to remember within ourselves. My work is rarely staged. In fact, I have come to realize that photography is as magical as it is mysterious to me. Images and stories come to life when I observe the world going by, not when I attempt to control it. Candidness is a necessity for me, and for my work, in my attempt to explore the unconscious emotions connecting us to our cities, and to ourselves.