Titled Sonder – the name was chosen for the vivid and complex ideas that appear in this exhibition. It’s an enigmatic word that creates an air of ambiguity and challenges the way the exhibitors look at other peoples’ lives.
The camera is the pen with which they tell their stories, each unique and intriguing. Through writing their visual narratives, they bring the backdrop of their lives to the forefront and produce a sense of ‘sonder’.
Themes that embrace the landscape, the portrait, the object or dreams and visions have been explored: from reflecting on identity, intimacy, cultural norms, sweet surrender, life in old-age, fast-paced city life, architectural simplicity and handling power, to children in detention, connecting with nature, celebrating diversity, creating illusions or allusions… Sonder embraces the obscure, the harmonious, the moment, the randomness and mystery of life.
“Photography is a small voice at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” – W. Eugene Smith
Melbourne Arts Club, 176 High Street, Preston
Exhibition: 20 November – 10 December 2015
Image: Monica Suchanek