The Moment When Nobody’s Watching

13 02 2012

The Moment When Nobody’s Watching.

Such was the photography challenge for this week and, armed with my new 35mm Nikkor lens, I hit the streets of Soho looking for the perfect moment when indeed, nobody was watching…

I particularly liked this photo. On the left you have a female monk, and on the right a man with a sharp looking Lafuma sports jacket. One is facing one way, the other facing the other way. Neither is looking at the camera. In fact, the female monk has her hand against her forehead – whether she was scratching an itch, or realised that a camera was pointed at her, I have no idea. But this photo spoke to me – I saw within it an inkling of a story. Of course, there is no fully developed narrative to really pull you in, but I felt that the angle, the composition and the lighting all fit in quite well in this photo.

Meh. I like the expression on this lady’s face as she walked through the crowded wet market lugging two large rubbish bags over her shoulders, but what’s really lacking here is a story. I’ve found that a lot of my street shots have focused singular characters rather than the scene, the group, the stories of people and how they interact together. As much as portraits of people on the streets can be powerful, I just feel that I need to keep on the look out for more dynamic photos.

Not quite as happy with this photo as I was with the first one. Just a boring old shot of a lady at the market.

So there you have it. Three quick photos from a quick photo walk through Soho. (The photo walk was frustratingly unfruitful in terms of the number of photos I got out of it…but it served as a nice reminder of keeping my eyes peeled for narratives).

Off I go to bed!

p.s. Check out my Flickr page for more photos.


SoHo Gallery Ramble

22 07 2011

SoHo. Photo by Ed Kruger.

Here’s a little activity that I’ve grown to like more and more over this summer: rambling around SoHo and taking my pick from the many boutique-y art galleries dotted all around the vibrant district.

The whole district feels like a humongous, open air art museum, and walking from one gallery to the next is like visiting the different rooms of a museum. There’s documentary photography over by that street, and contemporary conceptual around that corner. Sandwiched between these  are paintings, sculptures and videos too. And thrown into the whole mix is none other than the delicious wafts of good food being cooked, served and consumed.

I myself went on a small ramble today and visited a few interesting galleries.

I started with (S)EXPOSURE by Kiribane at the Fringe Club’s Fotogallerie, which showcased a series of photos that play on different camera exposures.

Then, I made my way up to the Sundaram Tagore Gallery for the ‘Continuum’ exhibition. The work of thirteen different artists are showcased, working in diverse mediums including oil, acrylic, metal, paper and photography. At the moment, I’m not too interested in non-photographic works so I didn’t spend much time at Sundaram Tagore.

Next stop – the Culture Club Gallery for the a photography exhibition entitled “Tibetan Colours”. What I really liked about it were the powerful red hues that ran through all the photos. That passionate reds gave the photos a sense of warmth, energy and…movement.

Wandering on, I stopped by the Blindspot Gallery on Aberdeen Street where the current Gallery Artists Group Exhibition was presenting the photographs of four mainland Chinese artists. My favourite piece – hands down – was Jiang Pengyi’s award-winning Unregistered City which depicts the “city, still objects and massive skyscrapers reduced to miniature sizes” to  communicate the themes of “excessive urbanization, redevelopment and demolition in the Beijing city.”

Unregisterd City, No. 2 by Jiang Penyi

To wrap up my ramble, I finally headed to the gallery Contemporary by Angela Li for the exhibition Once Upon a Time where there was a mix of photography, sculptures and video works.

Phew! What a nice stroll around five galleries in Soho. Content with my dose of photography, art and walking for the day, I happily made my way home…