I accept that people have described the figures in my photographs as looking like replicants (which is perhaps a bit strong), or cyphers. But I like the idea that they appear like this.
I try to choose architectural backgrounds against which I can display separated figures. I like to distribute or choreograph them across the frame. The architecture becomes almost a non-referential space, incidental to a scene that may or may not evolve within it.
Also, I tend to look for sites or places that people pass through without congregating. To begin, I seek out spaces with one figure (or two or more figures who are positioned apart). I wait until they’re joined by others in the hope that they’ll create an enigmatic spatial dialogue. Often these isolated figures don’t have to be interesting in themselves, so long as they create a narrative tension with the others.
It’s important that there is an element of movement from the figures. Everything in the scene must appear to be changing and in flux, while at the same time retaining its spatial integrity. Click here for original article.