Martin Roemers speaks about the project: "Here, my question is: how can people live in cities that are so immense and crowded? The answer is that even with their bustle and chaos, megacities retain their human aspects. And this is what I want to reveal by taking photographs of crowded places where you notice not only the city’s dynamic character, but also the urban traveller making his way through today’s urban society.
Specifically, I’m looking at the small stories of the street vendor, the commuter, the passer-by, the market stallholder and other pedestrians, who populate the street or are a part of the traffic. Despite the megacity and its mega-commotion, their environment still maintains a human dimension. I present this by photographing busy locations from above. Moreover, every photo has a long exposure time so that the big city’s vitality is shown through the movement of people and traffic while the image literally focuses on the small story in question. Every megacity is a theatre and every city has a different stage and different actors, but in the end every single one of them is trying to make its way in today’s modern society."
La mitad de la humanidad vive en ciudades y, según las estimaciones de las Naciones Unidas, el 70 por ciento de la población mundial residirá en áreas urbanas en 2050.
La moitié de l’humanité vit aujourd’hui en ville et l’ONU a prévu que 70 % de la population mondiale vivrait en zone urbaine en 2050.
Attualmente metà della popolazione mondiale vive in città e secondo le previsioni ONU entro il 2050 la percentuale di residenti nelle aree urbane salirà al 70%.
De helft van de mensheid woont nu in een stad en de Verenigde Naties voorspellen dat 70 procent van de wereldbevolking tegen 2050 in stedelijk gebied woont.
Martin Roemers was born in 1962 and studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Enschede, in the Netherlands. He works on long-term projects, such as Metropolis, about life in megacities and The Eyes of War, about people blinded during World War II. In 2009, his book Relics of the Cold War, about the deserted landscape of the Cold War, was published. Roemers' work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Newsweek and The New Yorker.