Our daily social journeys are built on instantaneous and fleeting views that are often not grounded in truth but are instead formed by our perceptions of the hundreds of situations we observe. The saying “perception is everything” is the reality of our daily social interactions.
This series of work by photographer Michael Tittel, called Behaviour, is about those perceptions we form countless times every day. And even more important than the visual depiction of perception is the duality in which we all live. One as social beings living amidst and dependent on communities. And secondly as solitary beings and the struggle we may have to connect with others and find meaning within ourselves.
Reaction to these images is as relevant to me as the actual subject matter portrayed. Within this perceived truth, what is potentially most interesting is the control of the photographer versus the vulnerable portrayal of the subjects and their activities.
Speaking of his work, Tittel said: "I am very interested in how photography can tell a global, universal story. Through visual approaches that rely on consistency and honesty, I can tell human stories no matter where I am in the world. Themes of disconnectedness, being on the verge of change and human behaviors are what my work explores."