Stephen Waddell is a photographer with a painterly approach. Making use of light, shadow, abstraction, materiality and colours in his paintings, Waddell expertly combines the methods of classic art and in particular of painting. At the same time, he is a flâneur and an observer of modern urban life. Waddell photographs people in public spaces, spontaneously and without being noticed, while they are going about their work or daily activities or enjoying themselves.
What they share is that all are absorbed either in their task or in their thoughts. They never make any reference to other people or to the viewer, but act alone, isolated in their urban environment (though the environment is left out of the photographs).