Dépaysement Exhibition: Didi S. Gilson

Name
Didi S. Gilson
Submission Title
Scratching an Itch with Color Pop in Hazy Light – Wan Chai after the Lunar New Year Celebrations
Country
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Photographer Bio

Raised in New York City and given her first camera at the age of eight, Didi S. Gilson has photographed throughout her life. Since relocating to New South Wales, Australia in March of 2001, she has been based from a small, coastal town, while traveling throughout Oz and elsewhere for her series and projects. In 2017, her article “Rural Street Photography, A Candid Focus Outside the City” appeared on the website Medium, in the online publication: Her Side of the Street. Didi was a founding member of ZuperQuirk (one of the earliest online, international photography collectives) currently undergoing a fresh reboot.

In Australia, some recent group and juried exhibitions have included The Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women Finalists (St. Kilda/Melbourne, VIC), Head On Portrait Prize Finalists (Sydney, NSW and Ballarat, VIC ), Contemporary Landscape in Photography/CLIP Award Finalist and Judge’s Award Winner (Perth, WA), and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Finalists (Sydney, and toured NSW for a year). In May, she will have work exhibited in the upcoming Aussie Street Photography exhibit (at the Head On Photo Fest 2018, Sydney).

Submission Information

I visited Hong Kong for a too brief Four Day Immersion, wandering around by myself on a journey by foot in Wan Chai during the week just after the Lunar New Year Celebrations of 2018 (Tuesday through Friday). Many of the locals were returning to work, although there was still somewhat of an upbeat, festive atmosphere, and the tourists didn’t seem like they wanted to return home yet! I had never traveled to Hong Kong before but as a region that seems to symbolize the merging of East with West; a special place where both English and Chinese (and indeed other languages) are spoken fluently on the streets (and painted on the signs), I was excited to explore, eat, and enjoy everyday.

As a long time movie buff, I am a big fan of Wang Kar-Wei’s films from earlier in his career (particularly Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), and Happy Together (1997) all of which exude a certain atmosphere which I knew might no longer exist in the region. So too, there was the lesser known Wayne Wang film “Chinese Box” that had made an impact on me. This one is “The story of Hong Kong, from New Year’s Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People’s Republic of China.”

Still,I didn’t do much research, preferring to hit the ground running, as it were. I like to be surprised and move on instincts, my own skills of seeing and showing, as well as that unknowable serendipity of the streets. I am always most interested in the ordinary details of contemporary life (wherever I am). My wish is to discover the extraordinary appearance of that banal event, that I can render even more intriguing in a framed photo.

Hong Kong was nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ and considered definitively “exotic” by the travel advertisers in the 1950s.

Wan Chai District translates to Little Bay or Cove District. I concentrated my 4-day photographic journey here, in the business and financial hub, also because it is the older, historic region it lends the place a less technologically modern look, this helped satisfied my aim to stick with one type of city setting for the series.

Weather was not too warm or terribly muggy, but did drizzle or mist up daily. It was always overcast, which wouldn’t ordinarily be my favorite ambient light circumstance or condition, but without needing to hunt for sunlight & shadowplay… (because I absolutely wouldn’t find any) I would concentrate on making the simple, banal, everyday moments that delight me to find into photos. The gestures and nuance of this city’s particular details, of body language and the delightful color pop that often occurs in hazy light.

Please note: I am still gradually processing both my trip and the resulting photos. This is an excerpt from a larger body of work.

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Dépaysement Exhibition: Jaehoon “Ken” Shin

Name
Jaehoon “Ken” Shin
Submission Title
劇場
Country
Japan
Photographer Bio

I had a pretty hectic upbringing, with frequent moves across lots of geography. The question “where are you from?” paralyzes me. I never lived in a place for long, and photography became a way to take in the feeling of a place at a human pace. It hammered into me that the world is as orderly as it is chaotic, as absurd as it is rational, and as much a paradise as it is a hell.

I am currently studying art at UCLA, and I am pursuing a career in photojournalism.

Submission Information
I had a chance to travel by choice, and I chose Japan. I had planned to spend time roaming the country, but there was just too much to see in Tokyo. The city is a sprawling shrine to hedonism, sustained by a kind of rational insanity.
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Dépaysement Exhibition: Nancy Johnston

Name
Nancy Johnston
Submission Title
Pilgrimage
Country
United States
Photographer Bio

Nancy Johnston was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. After college, she traveled to Europe and lived for a time in England and Sweden, then returned to the US where she settled in Los Angeles.

An avowed introvert with a desire to immerse herself in other cultures, photography became a way to interact with people and the environment. Photography speaks to part of our human nature – the desire to share what we find beautiful and interesting with other people. It became a tool that put her in a position to actively engage with the world, not with a common spoken language, but with a language of emotions.

Photography also forces a focus on the present moment; shapes, colors, textures, people, and looking at the world in a way that allows one to capture the beauty of a moment. And in that moment, even the introvert becomes a participant.

Submission Information

With the majestic Himalayas, colorful and chaotic cities, charming hillside villages, sacred temples and a jungle teeming with wildlife, Nepal is a vibrant country. For centuries, Nepal has been an important place of pilgrimage and meditation.

Between two powerful neighbors, India and China, sits the country of Bhutan, quietly protecting its culture and traditions. Until recently, the Kingdom of Bhutan has been shrouded in mist and mystery. Now, as the country and its people emerge from isolation, it has become a place of pilgrimage for those who want to witness first hand a country focused on the spiritual and emotional well being of its people.

Photographs

Blue Boats in Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal
Boatman in Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal

Candles in Boudhanath, Nepal
Monk at Boudhanath, Nepal

Candles and cup in Nepal
Colors at Pashupatinath, Nepal
Faux Sadhus at Pashupatinath, Nepal

Construction in Bandipur, Nepal
Mother and child in Bandipur, Nepal
Monk in Pharping, Nepal

Man at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan
Monk’s Shoes at Dumtse Lhakhang, Bhutan

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Dépaysement Exhibition: Patrick Wendt

Name
Patrick Wendt
Submission Title
What lies beyond
Country
Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, India
Photographer Bio
Patrick Wendt is a street photographer from Germany. He studied social works and worked in this field for several years after graduation. Now, his main focus is photography and traveling.

He was a finalist for the EyeEm Awards in 2017, made the 2nd Place at the Italian Street Photo Festival 2018 and has had several exhibitions in different countries.

Contrasto Gallery – Milan/Italy
23 Gallery – Bangkok/Thailand
White Room – Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia: Travel Photographers Society Awards 2017
Espace Des Arts Sans Frontieres – Paris/France: Street Sans Frontieres Exhibition 2017 and 2018

Submission Information
“Patrick’s work can best be described as an artistic leap into the abyss of the unknown earthly depths and surfaces. His photographs permeate the monotony of everyday life and give us a glimpse of what lies beyond the comforts of modern reality, where we are often so enabled, our perception of the surrounding world is muffled and lifeless. Wendt’s pieces transcend the extremely delicate boundary between the rapturous and multifaceted beauty of human existence and the ephemeral world of which we all speak, but can never know for sure exists. Seemingly lost in time and space, Patrick captures the quintessence of visual metaphor. Above all, however, his work possesses the ability to immerse the viewer in the almost palpable, often surreal environment and dynamic of numerous corners of the Earth.”
(Agent Orange Magazine)
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Dépaysement Exhibition: Sej Saraiya

Name
Sej Saraiya
Submission Title
Advaita
Country
India
Photographer Bio

Sej Saraiya is an Indian photographer and writer whose photographic journey began ten years ago in the Amazonas where a night long conversation with an elder opened her eyes to the wisdom of the indigenous.

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2009, she started to travel to the less-explored interiors of the culturally rich Asia with a bare-minimum hitch-hiking in an attempt to transcend language and cultural barriers and explore consciousness. Although she had been seeing the world through a lens since she was ten years old, it was only then that her camera became an extension of herself. She is currently documenting vanishing cultures around the world.

Submission Information

Advaita, or non-duality, is omnipresent and is the core of our existence. Eastern mystical traditions allude to the undifferentiated oneness and universal interconnection of the external and inner world of beings as two sides of the same fabric woven from one cosmic thread. The Eastern world is a spiritually charged ethnosphere where a persistent awareness of unity and mutual interrelation of all things and events is ingrained in daily rituals that amalgamate seamlessly even in the disparate vibrant lifestyles, the common thread being the spirit of renunciation and simplicity.

In 2015, I hitchhiked through the unexplored interiors of Asia with an urge to get a glimpse if not taste of advaita, and sure enough it was everywhere: in the eyes of an impassioned snake-dancer; in the tunes of a proud musician; in the regret of the last headhunters; in the wisdom of the tattooed faced Apatani who still worship the sun and moon; and in the empowering act of women bathing unclothed in the purifying waters of a lake. Advaita cannot be perceived intellectually but only felt experientially by complete immersion. These photographs are a reflection of dissolving identities that I glimpsed along the way and hope to share with the viewer the naked, rampant, symbiotic non-duality in my chaotic

homeland.
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Dépaysement Exhibition: Debmalya Choudhuri

Name
Debmalya Choudhuri
Submission Title
The Journey- Tat Tvam Asi
Country
India
Photographer Bio
Debmalya Ray Choudhuri (b. 1992) is a writer, visual artist and documentary story teller from India currently based in New York. He sees the visual medium as a reflection of his soul and portrays the world according to his own interpretation. He has published his work in magazines and platforms in India like Better Photography India, Inspiro India, Asian Photography magazine, etc and also international publications on The Guardian, The BBC, The Telegraph UK, Nat Geo, Invisible Photographer Asia,MonoVisions, contemporary art platforms like Phroom magazine,Feature Shoot, Lensculture. He has displayed across the country and abroad like Blank Wall gallery,Athens, India Habitat Center, Focas Photo festival Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, Rochester Fringe Festival, etc. He also received several awards in his journey till now, notable ones being honorable mentions in Neutral Density Awards 2016, International Photographer of the Year 2016, International Photography Awards(IPA), Sony World Photo Awards. He believes that true happiness comes with an honest intent. He, has tried to maintain that through his work, which is often shaped by the experiences that he has had: his images are often dark and mysterious and then at other times, soaked in reverie. He was awarded as emerging photographer from Calcutta by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Mumbai and has also been part of national art residencies with the Piramal Foundation, Mumbai. He was a part of a contemporary art movement across India called The Narrative Arts movement (2017). He was also selected for the prestigious mentorship program of Invisible Photographer Asia and now wants to carry on and explore his vision further on his long-term projects apart from the commissioned work.
Submission Information
In the foothills of the mighty Himalayas in northern India lies the holy town of Rishikesh. Often referred as the ‘Abode of Gods’, Rishikesh is among the most ancient pilgrimage centres of India. Rishi, meaning “seer,” was a name given to monks living in caves in the surrounding hills, holy men to whom the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) were originally revealed. The area is also referred to as Kubjamrak in the Skanda Purana – the largest Mahapurana, a major Hindu religious text.The history of this town is rich with numerous legends and mythical stories. The name of the town itself is after one of the names of Hindu God, Lord Vishnu.

The sacred river Ganga flows through it providing life and a hope to the people who come here from near and far on a journey to find themselves and seek their true Self. Like the Ganga, our life is also a river: sometimes passing through rapids, sometimes calm and at other times alternating through the phase of dynamism and staccato. In this journey, most of us get lost without even knowing what do we really want from Life and what do we want from our SELF? The Light is always there. All we need is to find it.

Tat Tvam Asi is a Sanskrit phrase which means You are That. The Journey here is a walk through time and space both literally and figuratively as it unwinds my exploration in Rishikesh(Rishi as I call it), my search of what Life is and Who We really are, through visuals and anecdotes. Rishikesh has taught me to be in the moment, connected me to people who I see as my mirrors, has taught me not to give in to the illusions and distractions of the mind and to surrender to the NOW.
This is a long-term personal multimedia narrative and a photo book journey about finding myself in a place far away from the morass and the chaos of a city life reeking of social acceptance and approbation at every single moment forgetting the beauty of the Life around Man. It also talks about the peaceful life and the people of this place that is not just a spiritual haven for devotees of the Hindu Deity, Lord Shiva but also the World Capital of Yoga.

The project is conceived in chapters and they follow a certain minimal aesthetic in mood which reflects the peace that I found here. 

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Dépaysement Exhibition: Clifford Calupe

Name
Clifford Calupe
Submission Title
Manila Life
Country
Philippines
Photographer Bio
I am Clifford L. Calupe a Manila base Street Photographer, Architect, a father & a husband. I work five days a week and my only chance to shoot for a whole day is on weekend. I love photography very well and I my goal in this career is to have published my work or to have the assignment to work on as a journalist or storyteller.
Submission Information
My interpretation of Manila Life in a photograph using monochrome. I choose monochrome as a statement of showing the chaotic, grittiness, surrealistic and emotional day to day life of the people in the metro.
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Dépaysement Exhibition: Leo Mardani

Name
Leo Mardani
Submission Title
Keris is Traditional Indonesian Weapon
Country
Indonesia
Photographer Bio
I was born in 1993, in South Sumatra, Indonesia. I live in Yogyakarta and learned about photography at the University in Yogyakarta (2012). My love for art made me pursue photography. I think photography is a historical record created in visual form, what we have ever visited, felt, seen, and worried about in our lives. With the visual record, the world will know that we have lived.
Submission Information
I will Bring you to look how to make the keris, not to show the types of kris. Kris is one of the traditional weapons that originated from Indonesia, keris itself has received recognition from UNESCO as a cultural heritage of 2005. Kris has existed since the kingdom of majapahit in the archipelago or Indonesia and spread outside Java, such as sumatra, malaysia, brunai darusalam, Borneo, Philippines (mindano), Bali and West Nusa Tenggara. That’s why there are so many types and motifs on the kris.
I will show one of them, that is keris made in Yogyakarta, Now day’s keris become good art and expensive collection. Why expensive? From long ago until now ,proses of the manufacture is still manual, using people hand without using a machine at all. Creator of Keris in Java is dubbed as KI EMPU or people who are skilled and have experience in making keris, one of which is famous in Yogyakarta is Ki Empu Djeno Harum Berojo.
Keris is made from a selection of iron mixture, nickel and meteorite and then made one after burned and all of them called “saton”. The mixing function is to get a motive or strokes on the kris is also called as “pamor”. Then burned, forged and folded over and over again for weeks to get perfect results and form a dagger. The next stage is finishing the perfection of the form that is done by Ki Empu Harus Brojo.
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Dépaysement Exhibition: Elke Reisinger

Name
Elke Reisinger
Submission Title
Asia
Country
India and Nepal
Photographer Bio
My name is Elke Reisinger, I´m a freelance Mexican photographer, actress and aspiring photojournalist. I always had a strong passion for photo and film, but it wasn’t until I traveled to India that I realized I wanted to do this for a living. The past 8 months have been amazing, I got to explore Asia and Iceland, now more than ever I wish to continue traveling throughout the world, exploring, documenting and telling stories.
Submission Information
India, layers of history, contrasting, diverse, energetic, a gift to the world and our senses.
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Announcement: Nous Tous X Asia Photo Review Presents – Dépaysement

We would like to start off by saying thank you to all of the people that took the time to submit. Beautiful works!

The selections for our upcoming exhibition at Nous Tous have been made, here’s a sneak peek of all the photographers that will be presented.

We’ll be hard at work in the coming weeks and will keep you all updated through our social media accounts and the event page.

 

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