Photo Journal Mondays: Constanza Hevia H
Photo Journal Mondays is proud to present Constanza Hevia H, a Chilean portrait and documentary photographer with a focus on social and cultural issues. She believes that documentary photography is storytelling, and a language to explore new realities. Her new project, Personal Journeys, shares captivating portraits of San Francisco streetcar commuters.
The great appreciation and curiosity I feel for different ways of living have led me to use photography as a tool for social observation.
The project Personal Journeys started a few years back, when I arrived in San Francisco and began discovering this new city and its inhabitants. Inspired by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and by my own experience when I travel in public transportation, the project exposes the moment when people immersed into a particular state of mind of solitude. But how you can feel alone in a place so tiny and crowded?
Spending long hours standing in the same bus stop, my aim was to study this question and explore this human behavior through candid portraiture. I realized that, in some point of the way, the passengers dive into their inner world. Forgetting the public environment, they begin a journey toward their dreams and most private thoughts.