Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many o four people need it severely on these accounts. Broad, hole some, charitable views of men (and women) and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain: The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
Dunbar's number, the hypothetical limit to the number of people we can maintain stable social relationships is estimated to be about 150. It is only through generalization that we can hope to understand the workings of complex systems and societies. But, generalizing is a very poor way to understand people.
To travel is to be bludgeoned on the head by the fact that we are all alike. That the common thread of humanity are not extraneous details on the social fabric, but instead integral roots, vital to every life.
The details are evident, and can be used to understand societies, but they are far from the end of the story.
What I've attempted to explore in these photographs is that fabric; weaving structure and details together. The lace details of Rome adorning the human experience. In a city of 2 million people, there are two million live intertwining in more ways that we can ever understand. To glimpse into that woven landscape is not to understand it, but to come to grips with the edges of our knowledge, and vastness of the unknown.