02 Mar David Gaberle – Metropolight

Seoul – Fujifilm X-T1 & XF90mm F2

David Gaberle – Metropolight
March 2, 2017

In 2015, David walked over 3600 kilometres through some of the world’s most metropolitan areas, photographing people in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, London and Seoul. He’s now turning this project into a book: Metropolight.

When did you first know you wanted to be a photographer? How did you start in photography?

I started in 2012 and it took about two months between picking up the camera and knowing in my heart that I do not want to do anything else in my life.

I was overwhelmed by the sensual stimuli in the city’s public spaces at the time, and the camera helped me reduce the amount of information.

“I think of horses in cities, with the eye-caps on to prevent them from freaking out about all the busyness around them. The camera has the same function for me – it allows me to focus.”

How did the idea of Metropolight emerge?

That definitely came from my anthropological education – we were reading a lot of writers whose work revolved around cities, like George Simmel or Walter Benjamin, and it kind of completed the puzzle in my head. It gave me a theoretical framework to conceptualize what I have been experiencing for a while….