Global the missing ones

A New York-based photographer turns his lens on people who have disappeared Sometimes their faces prick our consciences, looking down from weather-beaten posters stuck to lampposts or flickering on our television screens. We might consider that face for a second or two before moving on, forgetting. Recently, someone in the US took this indifference to a new level, writing a letter to the parents of a young woman who had disappeared, asking them to stop covering the town of Bloomington, Indiana with the offending posters. But litter is not what photographer Graham Maclndoe, 49, sees when he turns his lens on these public pleas. He started capturing images of  missing persons  flyers in 1989 after a co-worker told him about her husband who went missing after a night visit to a grocery store.  Even though they held out hope for years that he would return, he was never found,  says Maclndoe.  After that, I could never pass those posters without taking a closer look,  he says.

Global the missing ones

The result is an arresting, melancholic series of urban landscapes —the often-smiling face of the missing person contrasting with the sparse background and no other people in sight. Ita juxtaposition, which acts like the opening sentence of a short story, inviting the viewer to fill in the rest. Through his poignant pictures, Maclndoe hopes to raise awareness about the number of people missing around the world. He would also like to do something more. To call the phone numbers on the posters and conduct follow-up stories —taking portraits of those who have been found as well as of those who are still looking for their vanished loved ones. For now though, Maclndoe has shot more than 150 posters mostly in New York, capturing the face of the missing person and letting it take centre stage.  There are no people looking at them. No crowded streets. Just these empty urban-scapes devoid of life except for the person thatmissing. It s my way of saying that they still exist.’Grahammacindoe.com

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