Monday, March 3, 2008


Exactitudes is an interesting art project created by two Rotterdam artists, Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek. Their website says about them:

Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 13 years...They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code,
Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.

This project clearly defines my interest in people watching. People are so interesting, and the only way to notice is to observe. Some of the most peaceful moments of my life have been sitting on the steps in front of a national monument in whatever country or city watching the way people dress and act. People are amazing.