We’re All Gonna Die

Is the title of a great bit of semi-undercover photography by Simon Hoegsberg, who took pictures from the same place on a railway bridge in Berlin over the course of 20 days taking pictures of people walking past, and then stitched them all together into one 100 metre-long span, which you can scroll online. Some noticed the photographer, most didn’t and it is a curiously moving piece of observation, perhaps particularly for me because I did see someone die jumping from a railway platform in front of the train I was supposed to be getting last year in Germany.

(thanks to VSL for leading me to this)

Author: David

I'm David Murakami Wood. I live on Wolfe Island, in Ontario, and am Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies and an Associate Professor at Queen's University, Kingston.

3 thoughts on “We’re All Gonna Die”

  1. Wow! That was really good! Makes you realise how interesting something can be if you just sit for a while..

    He must have been pretty brave, if he did that where I lived people would probably go mad if they caught him.

  2. I like it in particular because in the UK photography by private individuals in public places is under attack by the state, at the same time as the state expands its own network of surveillance cameras to watch private individuals. Yet I think this reminds us that the information and more importantly the depth of emotion we can get from great photography is something special. I mind being part of something like this a lot less than being constantly watched by unseen security guards.

  3. In theory I don’t mind the level of surveillance we have here in UK because in some ways it makes me feel a little safer..

    I went to New York a couple weeks ago and I was shocked at how little surveillance there appears to be there.. I had to visit a relative and took the subway to get there, their stations at night can be pretty freaky and knowing that not a soul would ever see what happened if anything did, is a scary thought..

    I think I might brave the streets one day and try something similar to what Simon did.. Of course, I’ll have my running boots on because I have a feeling the reactions might not be as tame..

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