Lurker is an ongoing project about observance influenced by mass-market magazine publishing, photography, privacy and surveillance in a post 9/11 world. The project commenced in 2003 and takes in twenty countries so far and many cities and towns. Lurker includes an accompanying site displaying covers in chronological order with related snippets and images from relevant regions. Ever since George Orwell’s 1984 society has been wary of surveillance and of being watched. Yet, since that time technology has blossomed and the amount of cameras documenting daily activities has grown exponentially.
In the aftermath of 9/11 photographers experienced a backlash against their art, with all kinds of bans on where and what can be photographed. And with the advent of smart phones with greater photographic capabilities, not to mention social media, privacy took a back seat. Lurker fuses ideas around privacy on the street with fashion, a nod to my time working on mass-market magazines in Australia. The images are all spontaneous and rely solely on who briefly enters my field of vision. The images were taken seconds, there was no interaction.