Older Eyes, Different Heart
I try to capture images which tell a story. That story might be an emotional story, or the story of a place, or person. Over the last three years in Göteborg, I’ve captured many beautiful images – flowers, architecture, people, city scenes. I endeavor for my photography to have a certain aesthetic appeal, and this has often translated into showing beautiful Göteborg.
But the city of Göteborg can be a lonely place. I believe that any city can feel this way – regardless of a person’s mindset. But I think it can be especially difficult for expats who often find isolation from friends and family to be nearly debilitating. Göteborg is, after all, a city where just making eye contact with a stranger is frowned upon. For many months of the year, it is dark and it is rainy.
“Every day’s a endless stream of cigarettes and magazines”
Every city has a dichotomy of good and bad, bright and dark, lovely and gritty. I rarely show the gritty, lonely side of the city in which I live. Not because I think the images don’t maintain a certain aesthetic standard, but because I fear that the images might be too private for public consumption – they might tell my story.
“Tonight I’ll sing my songs again, I’ll play the game and pretend“
Artists are brave people. They wear their hearts on their sleeves, create of piece of work reflecting those expressions, and then put the work out in front of an audience to judge … or to appreciate. It’s hard work but the work tells a story and the story is never one sided.
The complete photo album of Older Eyes, Different Heart on flickr.
Lyrics by Paul Simon, Homeward Bound.
Writer/photographer Lisa Mikulski. Available for print or online publications and business in the Nordic region, Europe, and the U.S. Editorial, features, marketing copy, and public relations.