In 2015, London photographer David Gaberle walked over 3,600 kilometres through some of the world's most populated areas, photographing people in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, London and Seoul. His mission? To examine the "human condition in the 21st century metropolis".
"Despite how physically close to each other people in large cities work, commute and live together, the general attitude among its populations has increasingly been one of hesitation and reluctance. I believe this is because cities alienate people," explains David. "The modern city needs to be a functional and well-organised space. At its core, it is rooted in reason and factual knowledge. As an effect, the emotional concerns of people living in cities are often pushed aside and deemed as a distraction to the smooth functioning of the city."
Through his series, Metropolight, David wanted to explore the emotional charge, or lack thereof, of our modern cities. He's even launched a new book of the same name over on Kickstarter, which has won more than enough backing to make it a reality.
David adds: "I am not interested in individual cities as much as I am intrigued by the ways the almost clinically sterile urban environment structures our lives and shapes our experience. Many of the photos in the book have been taken in business districts that exemplify spaces rooted in rationality and individual achievement."
All images courtesy of David Gaberle