George Byrne's statement
For the NEW ORDER series, I was looking to take this idea of reclassifying ordinary urban spaces and distil it further by focusing more on the colors and surfaces themselves. When it comes to photography, if you choose to you stop utilizing depth, you are basically left with flat shapes, color, contour & texture – much like a Matisse cut-out. By employing this approach I found I had more freedom with composition. It allowed me to look at and combine elements in a more expressive way. While the images remain portraits of the city, they also become more abstract in their intention, based on a true story but open to interpretation.