Steam Systems and Streams of Thought
With her black and white series Steam Systems Melissa Breyer takes us on a journey of exploration where street photography meets conceptual thinking. Being inspired by artists like Hannah Hoch and Giorgio de Chirico, the author is constantly on the lookout for something unusual in ordinary everyday situations. Her remarkable work with natural light elevates the images from standard urban photography to deliberately styled visions, a gateway to the outer world, but also a reflection of the photographer’s inner self. Anonymous and alienated, the subjects wander the streets seemingly a bit lost into their own train of thoughts. To the viewer’s eye they’re slowly vanishing into the steam blurring the line between fiction and reality. Telling their stories in black and white also adds up to the atmosphere, stripping the photo down to shapes and forms, conveying best the initial perspective.
As Melissa Breyer confesses photography for her is about catching strange fleeting moments. In this series her visual characters are indeed brilliantly caught persistently looking at the frame of the picture as if they’re searching for a way out of the steam system. Perhaps just a fraction of a second later they could either completely disappear or escape from the vast expanding vapor – it’s up to the viewer to finish the story.