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These photos are inspired by the work of Alan Schaller and Mark Fearnley, the London-based photographers who are so hugely popular on Instagram. (I refer to them as the "London School.") In their photos, a geometric frame or background will often contain a small human figure, often in silhouette, or illuminated by a single bright source. The tonal range will go from black to white, but in a few big steps. This formula showcases the relation between the individual and his/her urban environment, Schaller has said in a recorded interview. I find his work powerful, as many do, and I suspect his photos are tapping into something deep: feelings of alienation, perhaps, or loneliness, or helplessness. Whatever the explanation, there's no doubt that he's a great artist. 

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