For a series of photos surely embarked upon more for the shock value than the artistry, photographer Arne Svenson took pictures out his window into the luxury apartments across the street. He has titled this series “The Neighbors” and it features residents of the nearby condos living life quite ordinarily without any sense that they are being watched.
Svenson describes his project…
The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within.
Now that those photos are displayed in a NYC gallery, the neighbors have found out about his illicit photography and are — as you can imagine — indignant, to say the least.
But Svenson doesn’t care…
For my subjects there is no question of privacy; they are performing behind a transparent scrim on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high.
Residents of the building that Svenson peeps into are thinking of taking him to court, but the NY Post reports that privacy law experts say there might be a civil case against him, but not a criminal case since their faces are all obscured or hidden in the photos.