‘Défense d’afficher. Do not advertise. And yet there she is. Elle s’affiche. She shows herself. She shows up against the city.’*
Others might do that but we don’t.
We’re different, better, special.
At least, this is the story we tell ourselves.
It’s 1929 and a woman stops to light a cigarette in front of a notice saying “do not advertise.” Photographer Marianne Breslauer captures this moment. I reflect, when we simply do what we must do others may notice.
Edgar Schein writes about the importance of helping to what it is to be human:
‘Helping is, therefore, both a routine process of exchange that is the basis of all social behaviour and a special process that sometimes interrupts the normal flow and must be handled with particular sensitivity.’**
We are not different. We are everyone, and there’s a way of expressing ourselves within this reality that generally and specifically makes the world a little better.
“What do you want to bring into being [hiddenly]?”^