Civilisation Photography, Now

Chris and I went to a photography exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery on Sunday. The gallery write up describes the exhibition as

The exhibition illustrates our increasingly global, connected society, and encourages viewers to consider where we live, how we consume, and how we travel, learn, explore and control. 

Auckland Art Gallery

Drawn by the promotional photos led by Mike Kelley’s Flughafen Zurich 28 and 16 and others, it seemed like the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I did not get very far from the entrance of the exhibit. Olivier Christinat’s Figurations II completely captured my attention.

Standing there looking at the faces of people crammed on an escalator is strangely mesmerising. I guess in a real world situation, it is extremely impolite to look at someone face to face for more than a split second. The faces of the people on escalator were life sized. I stood there and just stared. Did they know they were being photographed? Everyone looked so expressive and yet so natural. How does my face look like when I go about my daily life? I suspect I excel at the resting bitch face…

Go check out this exhibit if you’re in Auckland. Tickets are required but it is so worth it.

We did not have to go far to once again stop. I would never dare ask anyone for a portrait shot. So maybe what scares me is what captivates me.

You would think I would at least take a photo of the artist statement to credit the photographer…So dumb. but what is not dumb is how much these photos and more have made me think. It is one thing to capture nice shapes, light and shadows and people to show scale. However, how do I capture a story? It does not have to be a story with scale and drama. It can be a simple story of here and now, admiration of someone’s creative expression through structure and form or an ordinary day in the life of me being me.

More photos from the day.

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