n°25/ In Their Shoes

June 2012

by Nathalie Azoulai

People can stand in the street in a million ways. One could choose to stare at faces or at shoes, and wonder: can you tell only by their shoes who people are and what they are up to? Young photographer Marco Carboni gives us hints by snapping shoes on London pavements. Mostly ordinary Londeners' shoes, jumping, waiting, lining up, playing hopscotch, everything but walking.  As identifying signatures at the bottom of still figures like Cinderella's. Is that the reason why shoes sell more than every other item in the world and why we are so addicted to them? Or because they keep us grounded any matter what.

Marco Carboni