„So many people are focused on money and careers, that’s why they come to New York. There’s little time left for relationships or hanging out.“
Luc Kordas is originally from Poland, but now lives in New York.
In this interview, we talk about one of his most recent projects which is called „Loneliness in New York“.
What I find so intriguing about this project is that Luc actually didn’t start out with a clear idea of what the final outcome would be like.
In fact, it was another photographer looking through his images that pointed out that loneliness was a recurring theme in his images.
With that in mind, Luc himself took a closer look at his archive and realized that it was true.
He discovered many images that displayed loneliness in some way or another in a big city like New York with it’s over 8 million people.
Over the last couple of months, he’s gained quite a lot of recognition for his project which is very well deserved.
His images are truly extraordinary. Intimate and distanced at the same time. Showing brilliantly the seeming paradox between lonely people and the lack of connection in a buzzling metropolis like New York.
In a previous interview with PetaPixel, Luc said: „The city fascinates me one day and makes me think of leaving the other.“
And he continues: „I know many New Yorkers feel the same way. Ironically, despite New York’s density, it’s not hard to feel alone. So many people are focused on money and careers, that’s why they come here. There’s little time left for relationships or hanging out.“
It’s a feeling that Luc himself often experiences: to feel lonely even though being surrounded by countless other people.
In that sense, Luc’s series is proof for the saying that an image often tells more about the photographer than about the actual subject in the frame.
I find this very fascinating and it’s something I highly recommend to every photographer: To go through one’s images looking for clues of one’s own identity. You might make some surprising discoveries – just like Luc. You’ll be amazed by seeing subjects and themes that you weren’t conscious of in the moment of pressing the shutter.
So this is one important take away from this interview that you can apply to your own photography.
On the other hand, there is this broader approach to photography thinking in projects which can help you to become a better and more deliberate image maker.
I hope you find value in my conversation with Luc.
He sure is a compelling storyteller, deep thinker and of course an awesome photographer.
If you’d like to discover more great photographer’s from all around the world, just head over to „The Art of Creative Photography“.
Besides Gate7, that’s my other online photography projects where I talk to amazing visual storytellers from all kinds of different genres such as street photography, portrait photography, photojournalism and fine art for example.
They all share their secrets and give lots of practical advice that helps you to become a better photographer. I’ll soon launch a podcast on that site as well which will only be in English.
So, if you enjoy this conversation with Luc, please check out „The Art of Creative Photography“. Sign up for the Newsletter and I’ll let you know, when the new podcast hits the air.
Meanwhile you can listen to more episodes in English on this podcast:
- Valérie Jardin: „Street Photography – Creative Vision Behind The Lens“
- RE Casper: „StreetPX: „The Street Is Like A Theater“
- Rinzi Ruiz: „Street Zen – Or Photography As A Meditative Practice“
- Dimitris Makrygiannakis: „Remembering Life Through Photography“
- Marc Fairhurst: „Why Did You Take That Shot?“
- Dmitry Stepanenko: „Heavy Colour“ Street Photography
- Darran K Roper: „The Thrill Of Finding Moments“
- Dyanne Wilson: „Chasing The Northern Lights in Yellowknife“
- Jason Koxvold: „KNIVES“ – Left Behind In Rural America
Q & A with Luc Kordas
- Favorite inspirational quote about photography (or life in general):
I have a new fav quote virtually every month because I read a lot so here’s my most recent fav quote related to the arts:
„It is when you collaborate with other artists that you get to see yourself, discover who you are.“
- Favorite book: „Rayuela“ by Julio Cortàzar. I read it when I was about 19 years old and I felt like I’m reading something I could write myself in 10 years if I could write.
- Favorite photographer: Too many to mention, but one that I like not only because of his wonderful work but just as much because of his attitude towards photography is Saul Leiter*.
- One contemporary photographer you’ve recently discovered: Pari Dukovic* is my fav photographer in New York right now. His portraits are something else, a fresh approach with darkness and movement playing a huge part in his work.
- Favorite song when traveling: Frank Ocean* – „Thinkin Bout You“
Listen to the Gate7-Playlist on Spotify and discover the favorite songs of my podcast guests. It’s the perfect soundtrack for the road.
Luc Kordas: „Loneliness In New York“
Luc Kordas is a street and portrait photographer from Poland, now living in New York.
Luc has been featured before on my online-photography-magazine „The Art of Creative Photography“: „Street Is Raw. Street Is Real“
He also curates the Instagram account „The New York Chronicles“.
- PetaPixel: „Photos of Loneliness in New York City“
- LensCulture: „The Singular Loneliness of New York City“
- Süddeutsche Zeitung: „Fotos aus New York – Alleine unter Millionen“
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