I read this labelling recently on The Online Photographer and I can’t help the feeling that it sounds a tad patronizing – but maybe I am only overly sensitive and don’t want to see such a readymade denomination fitting my own selection of images.
Yet those streets, facades and doors are a substantial part of a city meeting a visitor (or vice versa), and they for sure do this in a defining manner. For me this was the second visit to Budapest, and the first where I had even some hours to stroll without other liabilities, just following my open eyes. It definitely made a difference to walk in a town where I didn’t understand a single word that was talked in the street – it really let me fall back on my visual perception, and this sense was in a certain oscillating motion between the recognition of the many similarities with my home surroundings and the blunt differences in many details. I certainly got into a mood of higher sensitivity for shapes, colors and details – especially those of the urban-detail-and-doorway genre, as they offered themselves so willingly to the stranger.