She Sees Your Every Move
Friday, October 07, 2011
While traditional street photography usually catches strangers passing by in a public space, the photographer Michele Iversen has been catching strangers passing by in their own private spaces, without their permission. At night she sits in her car and watches the warm glowing windows of strangers' homes waiting for the perfect shot.
Since 1995 Iversen has been collecting these images for her “Night Surveillance Series.” "I find my theater, you know the actual window," she explains, "and then the performance begins.” She's captured people binge eating, washing dishes, sleeping.
Iversen admits she feels uncomfortable watching her subjects — and wants her audience to be uncomfortable looking at her photographs as well. And yet she continues to make them: “They are like these beautiful tableaux to me, they tell a story — they show peoples lives.”
Produced by Studio 360's Jonathan Mitchell. (Originally aired: December 17, 2010)
What do you think of Iversen’s work? Is it acceptable to compromise someone’s privacy for the purposes of making art? Tell us in a comment below.
Slideshow: Photography by Michele Iversen