“Mysterious people” explores the tension in our curious reality. The moments when we find ourselves looking and looking again, maybe even asking, “Did that just happen?” “What did I just see?” Or maybe even, “Did the camera see something that I didn’t?”
I enjoy observing those blurry lines, exploring the relationship between people and mystery, and how they simultaneously influence each other. What sort of peculiarities do chance and fate bring to people, to a scene, to expose the beautiful oddness of our existence. Conversely, what unique expressions, personality traits and quirks of behavior do we as humans contribute to the mystery of our experience. Finally, what role does the camera and the photographer play in ensuring these moments don’t escape us. A second sooner or a second later, an inch to the right or to the left, the scene might look quite normal to the passerby. Does the photographer have a hand in the mystery by knowing to press the button at the exact right time?
In this work, I enjoy playing with the criss-cross of curiosity and beauty – the discovery of the unique windows into our experience. To me, these playful, peculiar scenes convey an even more accurate depiction of how baffling and beautiful our existence truly is.
About Amy Sacka
Amy Sacka is a photographer and writer based in Detroit, Michigan. She is passionate about capturing the beauty of people and the intimacy of the moment. Amy is particularly interested in celebrating the culture of the Midwest, specifically in her hometown of Detroit. Amy is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2017 Critical Mass Top 50 photographer. Her work has been published by National Geographic, National Geographic Traveller, the Guardian, LensCulture and PBS World News Hour. [Official Website]