A few years ago I went on a trip to Montreal with a brand new digital SLR. While roaming the city, I soon grew tired of taking pictures of monolithic old churches, and started to seek out unexpected subjects. A woman desperately applying makeup on the street. An amazingly long stainless steel tunnel leading down into a subway station. A man quietly reading in a coffee shop. Two friends talking excitedly in a park. The more pictures I took, the more sensitive I became to everything around me. The more I noticed. The more I appreciated.
The Skopeo Project is about continuing that process. It’s about looking more closely at everything around me, and then sharing what I find. There will be many images from the streets of Manhattan, since that’s where I live. But anything I discover, wherever I may be, is fair game.
There’s really only one rule: nothing can be staged. I will never edit an image in Photoshop to change its content. I reserve the right to crop, color correct, and color treat, however. Thats part of the fun.
But who am I, you ask? My name is John Narun and I work as an animator. Photography is just a hobby for me. If you’d like to see the kind of work I actually get paid to do, you can see some here.
Oh, and one more thing. Everyone keeps me asking what “skopeo” means. So here it is. Skopeo is Greek for “to see.” It is the root for many English words, including microscope, telescope, and periscope. Essentially, you can find it in the name for any device that helps you see better or differently. Maybe I should’ve called the blog the “Blogoscope.” Eh, maybe next time.