100 Meters of Existence

February 16, 2009

I can’t stop looking at photos of 178 people taken during 20 days from the same spot on a Berlin railroad bridge. The image of disconnected lives artistically stitched together into a very long, single picture is called “We’re All Gonna Die — 100 meters of existence.”

Scrolling through this gaggle of humanity is strangely mesmerizing. Few noticed the camera of Simon Høgsberg and thus are captured in mundane moments. Nothing is happening. Or so it seems until you linger on faces and imagine what the lens couldn’t see. Who are these people? What are they thinking? How did they come to be there? Where are they going?

Upon third viewing, I pictured myself in the picture.