art photography

#28 Blindspot Gallery

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Today I went to Blindspot Gallery where the work of two photographers are currently exhibited.

South Ho Siu Nam | good day good night

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Unlike the prevalent documentary approach taken by most photographers to record the events, Ho took an indirect approach filled with symbols and metaphors to representing his personal experiences and the surrounding presences. Scenes of clashes between the police and the protesters are replaced by objects discarded on the road like barricades, umbrellas, used water bottles and tents. People appear small and insignificant against the backdrop of the city, which looks quiet and peaceful amidst undercurrents of intensity and chaos.

The series is about Occupy Central/Umbrella Movement. To be honest, I think it’s quite boring. The composition is not interesting as well. Maybe because there are already tons of artists/photographers “making art” out of this particular event, I feel a bit numb. I think the event itself surpasses the work way too far.

 

Ken Kitano | Now, Here, and Beyond

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“Now, Here, and Beyond” features Kitano’s latest body of photographs day lightand watching the moon conceived and executed during his one-year artist residency in USA in 2013. These works illustrate the relationships between nature, human life and universe. day light was produced on 4 x 5 negative film using day-long exposure from dawn until dusk. In watching the moon, Kitano aligned his camera lens with the moon’s trajectory to capture the motion of the moon. The highlight of the show also includes new portraits from his major and ongoing series since 1999 our face taken during the Occupy Movement, of its participants and Hong Kong policemen.

Overall, I like the design of the gallery, though it is very simple, nothing very surprising, the space is big enough for the audience to view in a comfortable distance.

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#27 Eikoh Hosoe, Man and Woman (1959-1960)

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Eikoh Hosoe is a Japanese photographer and filmmaker who emerged in the experimental arts movement of post-WWII Japan. His work often expresses topics such as death, eroticism, and some kind of madness I would say, psychologically involved. Heaviness and the strength of darkness are embedded in a lot of his photographs. The contour of the body cuts through the grey, almost feels like it hurts. It is terrifying that my emotion is magnified so much as I see nothing else fades into the dark, what is left out here is the stare that stays still.

 

http://egnon.dtiblog.com/blog-entry-593.html

 

 

#26 Norman Parkinson

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Norman Parkinson was a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer.

“He never used artificial lighting and he was able to integrate the models on the street in motion.”

Bringing fashion outdoor, there is a sense of freedom in his photographs, and somehow I feel more optimistic when I look at them. Casual gestures are often featured in his work, so as to explore and capture more of the accidents/unexpected moments which had been missing from fashion photography in the 40s.  His photographs reveal a certain freshness and liveliness through the carefree postures of the models, as if there was still some hope in this world.

 

http://blog.santaeulalia.com/en/norman-parkinson-a-british-gentleman-by-lola-garrido/

#25 Ken Kitano, Our Face

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Metaportrait of 34 Girls Cosplaying in Anime Costumes at a Comiké (Comic Market), Taipei, Taiwan

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Metaportrait of 30 Geikos and Maikos Dancing the Special Kyo Dance in the Spring, Miyagawa Town, Kyoto, Japan

“Where it appears to be an ambiguous portrait of a single person, it is in fact an accumulation and stratification of several dozen individuals. The single figure we see does not exist as an actual person, nor can it be classed as a true portrait.”

At first I thought it was just a single person in his/hers different moments. The series became more intriguing after I read the description of the work. The idea of visualizing the non-existence of an actual person is quite poetic to me. You see someone, but then there’s no one. And no matter how close you are to try to figure out different faces, you can’t really differentiate, this also makes me think about how similar we are but at the same time so different.

 

http://www.blindspotgallery.com/en/exhibitions/past/our-face

#24 Ralph Gibson

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Ralph Gibson is an American art photographer.

“His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition.”

I like the tone in his photographs, it is the dramatic contrast that pumps the energy into the images. The black area absorbs whatever is hiding in the dark, and it only makes the visible carry more words to tell. The juxtaposition is not that surreal in my point of view, but it indeed gives a subtle feeling that is unusual.

 

https://cherinow.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/intamacy-ralph-gibson-photography/

#23 Thomas Barbèy

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Through his photomontages, Thomas Barbèy brings the audience into his imaginary world. During the process of image making, every single one of his images has to pass the “So what?” test. If the image is not interesting enough or doesn’t touch him, he will ask himself “So what?” and then he will start over. Sometimes he has the ideas in mind before he create, while sometimes it is just an accident. Sometimes when he combines several images, some of the images come years later, but it happens to be the perfect match. His work inspires me a lot, and encourage me to be more open to all kinds of possibilities. The world is strange after all.

 

http://toynbeelau.blogspot.hk/2014/06/thomas-barbey.html

 

#22 Gillian Lindsay, Light Imitating Art

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Light Twirl

Gillian Lindsay experiments with mechanical ways of altering light sources, camera motion and double exposure to create images that appear more like charcoal sketches than photographs. The series contains 40 images, exploring the texture of abstraction in a touch of surrealism. While I have no idea about what I’m look at, these images draw me into another space. On her website she also mentions the same question, what am I looking at? The answer is LIGHT.

 

http://gillianlindsay.ca/section/84979_LIGHT_IMITATING_ART.html