Having a constant interest in street photography, Kim Hebblewhite is building an intriguing collection of individuals, caught for a moment in their urban journey. Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the photographer as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of our society values, she focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment. By breaking down the barriers of ignorance, observation and reflection upon the people within our societies, Hebblewhite shows how we as people have evolved as well as our technology.
Such works can raise discussions about the lifestyle we live today, in order to keep ourselves conscious and aware of the changes around us. Through a minimalist and conceptual piece of photographic work, Hebblewhite focuses on questioning whether the public’s view on street photography has changed in the last generation due to modern technology developments such as CCTV.
Britain is the most surveyed country in the world in regards to security cameras. We live in a world where cameras are ubiquitous and surveillance via CCTV is ever-present. Street photography has always been one of the toughest of photographic disciplines to excel in, but recently with changing social attitudes, and overblown fears of terrorism and sexual deviants, that task has become even harder.
Intolerance is increasingly a major threat to the art of street photography. It seems rather paradoxical that with the proliferation of cameras on personal devices, and the increase in security cameras on our streets, our tolerance as a society of a lone photographer taking a picture on the street has plummeted.